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Parc Monceau

In a city known for grand parks, Parc Monceau in Paris’ eighth arrondissement stands in pleasant contrast. Laid out in an English style in 1769 as a place for celebrations by the future Duke of Orléans, it was acquired by the state after his trip to the guillotine. With a bevy of tombs, porticos, Chinese accents, Roman columns, a Dutch windmill, and an Egyptian pyramid, the park was intended to suggest “all times and all places.” Opened to the public in 1861, it became the site of the first parachute jump, a massacre during the Paris Commune, and the inspiration for three Monet paintings.

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