Parc Monceau is amongst the most beautiful parks in the City of Lights. It retains the medieval charm of 18th Century and is situated away from the hustle and bustle of the capital city. Replete with flower gardens and a line of statues, this park was a setting for landscape paintings of Claude Monet. It is a must-visit place when on Paris walking tours.
Before Monet commenced his work, the Duke of Chartres bought a small plot here in order to construct a garden in the late 18th Century. A pavilion was constructed in the midst of the site that stood here and the Duke of Chartres planned to extend that portion during that period. The Duke commissioned Louis Carrogis Carmontelle in order to design the landscape garden in a style that was new to the French. Carmontelle added statues of renowned Frenchmen in the garden, alongside pyramid, windmill, and Corinthian columns.
Thomas Blaikie was commissioned to redesign the Monceau Park during the French Revolution period. He made a few changes to its design by taking out some statues and other architectural structures. However, when Paris bought the park Georges-Eugène Haussmann renovated it as part of a broader renovation of the capital city. Following renovations of the park, it was opened to the public by former French President Napoleon III in 1861.
Claude Monet, the famous French Impressionist painter, made five landscape paintings during 1876 to 1878. Those paintings are popular among the fans of fine arts, especially those who love the Impressionism style. The Monceau Park still boasts of a plethora of features that were added later since its opening in the 8th arrondissement.
People on Paris walking tours can see the pyramid placed by Duke of Chartres and other structural additions commissioned by Napoleon III, including a waterfall and a small scenic cave. The visitors often access the park via wrought iron gates adorned with gold, which got designed by Gabriel Davioud and was added to the park years after the French Revolution.
The Parc Monceau is popular amongst the kids as well, since plenty of playgrounds are there along the green pastures. You will come across many surprises while strolling through the public garden on an evening, other than an archway from the Renaissance period, a pond, and an array of birds.