has more than 400 parks and gardens: an
enormous ecologic, historical and aesthetic
The French capital disposes of several green
areas; each one has its particular identity,
its own configuration and its peculiar magic.
One of the most known green areas is the
Jardins de Luxembourg (Luxembourg
gardens), on the left bank, created in 1617.
It represents a green haven of peace, in
the centre of the city, where Parisians
use to go on weekends to have a relaxing
Chalgrin planted in this garden, during
the First Empire, more than 2000 horse chestnuts
and the English garden amazes tourists and
In the north part of the city, the Bois
de Boulogne is the green belt of Paris.
Created under the Emperor Napoleon III and
conceived following the model of the English
gardens, the Bois de Boulogne includes
waterfalls and two little lakes (inferior
lake and big lake) where rowing races are
held every year.
The Park of Bagatelle, conceived
by Forestier who took inspiration from Monet
paintings, is a relaxing garden in the XVI
Forestier also created the well-known roseraie
de Bagatelle (rose bed) which has hosted
an international competition every year
Another important element of this garden
is the flower theatre that can house up
to 300 spectators.
The biggest park of Paris is also located
in the north area: the park of La Villette.
It is made of 55 hectares and it was conceived
by the architect Bernard Tschumi.
The main element of this park is water:
the park is crossed by the Ourcq canal and
the Saint Denis canal and it is decorated
by many water games and installations.
This is only a glimpse of the richness of
the Parisian parks and gardens; keep discovering
all the other green areas below.