For your information, Parc Monceau used to belon to the Duke of Chartres who entrusted the concept to painter Carmontelle so he could design a “country of illusion”.
Inaugurated in 1775, this park was first a lodge surrounded by a French formal garden (no longer existing). It was thought like an ornamental garden mixing antiquity, exoticism, and Middle-Age, like the reproduction of the Egyptian pyramid and Naumachia including a pool surrounded by Corinthian columns, echoing to the recreation of naval fights back to the Roman Antiquity. These famous columns come from a church in Saint-Denis destroyed in 1719.
In 1785, Minister of Finance Charles-Alexandre de Calonne decides to erect the Fermiers Généraux wall, a wall expected to delimit Paris and fight against smuggling. These walls come with Rotundas, still up today, designed by Claude-Nicolas Ledoux. At this time, they were the very borders of Paris.
After it became a national good under the French Revolution, it was given back to the Orleans family, but did not stay long in their hands. The State purchased it in 1852. The park’s physiognomy then dramatically changed. Financier Pereire has had many hotels particuliers built on the Eastern, Southern and Western sides, especially the museums Cernuschi (Asian art) and Nissim de Camondo (18th century). They are now part of the prestige of the Monceau area, but the park was cut in half, moving from 20 to 8 hectares today.
The design of the park was altered one last time by engineer Alphand, architect Davioud and horticulturist Barillet-Deschamps who worked supervised by Baron Haussmann. In 1861, Napoleon III was finally able to inaugurate the park we know now.
In 1861, a Venetian-inspired bridge is built. This original bridge is made of stone imitating marble.
Today, Parc Monceau is one of the most beautiful parks in the city. It is visited by lots of people: mothers and their children, tourists, runners and the Russian community heading to the orthodox cathedral of Alexandre Nevsky (1861) set close by.
Isolated by lush greenery, sublime hotels and luxury buildings, calm is king in this big parc lined with marble statues of famous writers and musicians. One can even discover a historic plane tree, planted in 1814, measuring 7 meters of circumference, and a 30-m tall sycamore that is today “the oldest and most ancient in the arrondissement” (1853).
Perfect to take a romantic walk or a family stroll, this park provides many places to have some rest and enjoy the great weather, and the great spirit. Yet, some people with a sharp tongue will tell you it is victim of its own success and it is more and more difficult to make the different kinds of people here to have a picnic, a walk, or play soccer cohabit.
Last but not least, we could not tell you about Parc Monceau without speaking about its large range of animals and plants. This is the green space in the arrondissement enjoying the largest diversity of birds, attracted by the heights of trees, and the freshness of the pool filled with carps and goldfishes.
As for opening hours, note Parc Monceau opens from March 27 to April 30, 2022, every day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; from May 1 to August 31, 2022, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and until 9 p.m. in September and until 8 p.m. again in October. You can enter the park through: boulevard de Courcelles, Avenue Vélasquez, Avenue Van Dyck and Avenue Ruysdael.
Dates and Opening Time
Starts 27 April 2022
35 boulevard Courcelles
75008 Paris 8
Le Parc Monceau s'ouvre du 27 mars au 30 avril 2022, tous les jours de 7h à 20h, du 1er mai au 31 août 2022, de 7h00 à 22h00, jusqu'à 21h00 en septembre et à nouveau jusqu'à 20h00 en octobre.
L'entrée du parc se fait par différents accès : boulevard de Courcelles, avenue Vélasquez, avenue Van Dyck et avenue Ruysdael.