The Rotunda at Parc Monceau!

ok so back to my eternal Paris, can’t be too far away from it and lucky to do so nowdays with soon more of it. I ,again, written on this park before in a general sense, but would like to tell you more about its emblematic icon the Rotunda at the Parc Monceau or Barriére de Chartres!

I always get a kick of telling you that way back when Vélib bikes were introduce I was with a group of friends and someone decided to tried these bikes for a ride along bd de Courcelles and well we got into the Parc Monceau as well by the Rotunda too! Talk about trying all modes of transportation and know so can tell the best in Paris is to walk!

The Rotunda in Parc Monceau, which was part of the Barrière de Chartres, is located at Boulevard de Courcelles on the northern edge of Parc Monceau. This rotunda is one of the four remaining pavilions of the Farmers General enclosure built by the architect Claude-Nicolas Ledoux from 1786 to 1792 like those of the Place Denfert Rochereau. The current Parc Monceau garden has entrances on boulevard Malesherbes and Avenue Hoche as well. There are other lesser entrances without grille gates such as Avenue Ruysdaël, Rue Rembrandt,Allée de la Comtesse de Ségur; Avenue de Valois and Avenue de Velazquez.  I must add on the rotunda there are public toilettes…


A bit on the history I like

In 1787, part of the garden was cut to allow Ledoux to build an observation office on the plain called the Barriére de Chartres or barrier rotunda. In most cases, the buildings of the Ledoux barriers were intended to house the tax officers levying taxes on goods entering Paris. Only, that of the Chartres rotunda was a little different. You couldn’t cross it. Indeed, it was located on the edge of the garden of the Duke of Chartres, a prince of the blood, cousin of Louis XVI. He even had to amputate to built the wall. As a result, this garden, ancestor of Parc Monceau, still in the countryside, found itself taken over by the city. This pavilion is initially made up of sixteen columns. The columns with smooth bole and upper dome were modified in 1861. Originally, guards were installed on the ground and first floors. We had left the possibility for the Duke to be able to climb on the terrace to observe the plain. In 1860, Paris annexed the territories of the surrounding towns, within the walls of Thiers. The farmers’ general wall is no longer useful and is quickly destroyed. All barriers are destroyed. Some vestiges are preserved. The Chartres rotunda is one of them. Indeed, it served for the organization of Parc Monceau. It then becomes the rotunda of Parc Monceau!


The Parc Monceau is adorned with marble statues of writers and musicians. The statues are on the monuments to Guy de Maupassant, Édouard Pailleron, Alfred de Musset , Charles Gounod , the statue le Jeune Faune or sort of young faun, and further monuments to Frédéric Chopin, Ambroise Thomas as well as the one call Le Joueur de billes or sort of ball player. You see the ruins gate of St Jean or city/town hall as well as many beautiful buildings around it.  There remain pedestals of disappeared statues, melted under the occupation in WWII around 1942, like that of the injured Lioness done in1891 and old Bronze statues have disappeared, probably melted during the occupation of WWII in 1942 as well in order to supply non-ferrous metals.


There are beautiful painting done for it but my favorites are those on the Parc Monceau by Gustave Caillebotte in 1877 , and   Claude Monet in 1876.

More information in addition to my previous post on the Parc Monceau can be found here:

The city of Paris on parks and gardens and Parc Monceau in French: City of Paris on parc monceau

The tourist office of Paris on the Parc Monceau in English: Paris tourist office on the Parc Monceau

And there you folks another dandy in the most beautiful city in the world indeed, eternal Paris; we will always have Paris. The Parc Monceau is a beautiful park and in a beautiful part of Paris with loads of architecture and history buildings. Enjoy the walk, is good for you!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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