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World's Most Beautiful City Parks: Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

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Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, Paris

In the 19th Arrondissement, the steepest park in Paris remains under the radar of most tourists. Dynamite was used to create the distinctive 105-foot waterfall, a grotto, and lakes for the park, which opened in 1867 during the reign of Napoleon III. The Temple of Sybil, a Roman-inspired structure, tops an island, and shade comes courtesy of chestnut trees and cedars of Lebanon. Paris-based photographer Sophia Pagan describes the park as “a great place to go and get lost. There is always a new path or some small corner with a beautiful waterfall.”


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