Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Parc de Bagatelle, Paris park

History and description of the Parc de Bagatelle

The Paris park was built in only 64 days, after a bet between Marie-Antoinette (spouse of Louis XVI, the king) and the comte d'Artois ( who purchased the property in 1775).
It was designed by Belanger and built by Thomas Blaikie, in an Anglo-chinese style, typical of this time.

The park and the Château de Bagatelle barely escaped the destruction of the Revolution. It underwent multiple transformations, after this period.
In 1905, it was purchased by the City of Paris, and Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier was in charge of its restoration.
Each year, since 1907 "the rose bed of Bagatelle", an international competition of roses occurs, thanks to Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier.

Today, the Parc de bagatelle is an 24ha park (240,900 m2, opened in 1777.
From may to september, 10000 rosebushes offer a wonderful spectacles.
The park is closed to the Jardin d'acclimatation de Paris and the Jardin des serres d'Auteuil.

From the booth it's possible to see a part of the valley of the Seine and from the courtyard, in the left of the castle, we may see the towers of the Defense.

Chinese Pagoda in the square

Location of the Parc de bagatelle

The park is located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.
The principal entrance is: Route de Sèvres-à-Neuilly, Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16ème

How to get to the Paris park

You can use the Paris metro line, the closest is the
Metro line 1 Pont de Neuilly station , then bus 43 direction "Place de Bagatelle", arrêt "Place de Bagatelle" or walk alongside the "avenue de Longchamps".
Metro line 1 Porte Maillot station, then bus No. 244.

Entrance fee

It's a free-admission park except when there are temporary exhibitions (3€).

Paris park "Parc de Bagatelle" map

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