Parc Montsouris

Parc Montsouris is a public park in the 14th arrondissement at the southern edge of Paris, which was opened to public in 1869. It is overlooking the Seine. Parc Montsouris is one of the four large urban public parks, created by the Prefect of the Seine, Baron Haussmann. The park is 15.5 hectares in area, and is designed as an English landscape garden with over fifteen hundred common and rare trees and shrubs like cedar, spindle tree, princess tree, common yew, buttonwood, viburnum rhytidophyllum, horse-chestnut, boxwood, beech, etc., and some of them are over 100 years old.
An island in the middle of a tiny lake provides sanctuary to forty species of wild ducks, geese, herons, and other migratory birds. Some turtles even imported from Florida. The park features the tunnels, which were part of the ossuary of Paris, popularly known as the Catacombs of Paris, and which were developed in the 18th century.
Opposite, there is an abandoned track of the railroad line, which passed directly through the site and divided it into two zones. A stone monument indicates the location of the Meridian of Paris, and is another park`s highlight. The park is bounded to the south by the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris.
The main area is named "Moque-Souris" ("mocks-the-mice"); it was a facetious name, suggesting that the miller dared the mice to find any grain inside a windmill. It is protected by the government.
Address: Boulevard Jourdan, Paris
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Beautiful Gem in the Centre of one of the major cities in the World
Jens L , Watford, England, United Kingdom, 2015-04-18
I passed the park on the way to the hotel and was struck by the architecture of the chalet at the entrance to the park, and then decided to go there on an early evening stroll. This is one of four... read full review
a beautiful parc, green, well maintained and quiet
sipivu , Paris, 2015-04-18
This relatively small park lies on a hill. It has a pond. It is not a well know part of Paris for tourists. However, it deserves a visit, in particular if you include a visit of the very interesting... read full review
MZTParis , Paris, 2015-04-15
Montsouris Park is in Paris’s left bank – the 14th arrondissement – and not as well known as the other left bank park, the Luxembourg. However, Montsouris is a treasure and you could spend an... read full review
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  • Cyrielle, 09-02-2014

    Très joli parc avec son lac et ses cygnes ! Idéal pour balade, course à pied ou pique-nique :)

  • Pierre, 12-07-2013

    Superbe petit parc. Très calme et agréable avec son petit lac au centre. Idéal pour balade, bronzette au soleil ou footing.

  • Julie, 07-07-2013

    Agréable en été grâce à l'accès à la pelouse et aux arbres qui fournissent un bel ombrage

  • Paris, 28-05-2013

    A l'origine, l'observatoire du Parc était le Palais Tunisien de l'Exposition de 1867

  • Quentin, 30-09-2012

    Parc parfait quand le froid commence à revenir mais que le soleil est toujours là !

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