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Bois de Boulogne

The Bois de Boulogne is a huge park within the 16th arrondissement of Paris. Because of its large territory, it is called the lungs of the capital of France. Now it is one of the most popular places for recreation with Parisians and tourists, but only during the day. It is worth remembering that the Bois de Boulogne at night is not the most pleasant place for family walks.

The forest area is 8,459 square meters, which is 2.5 times the size of New York’s Central Park.
Story
Once upon a time, the Bois de Boulogne was part of the Ruvray Forest. At the beginning of the XIV century, King Philip the Handsome, after a pilgrimage to the north of France to the town of Boulogne-sur-Mer, ordered the construction of the Church of Our Lady of Boulogne in the forest. When the church appeared, the forest became known as the Bois de Boulogne.

From the 14th to the 15th centuries, just during the Hundred Years War, it became a habitat and a haven for gangsters. Then part of the huge forest was burned twice.

Under Francis I, this was already the 16th century, the Bois de Boulogne was built in the forest. The nobility and the royal retinue began to use the territory for hunting. In the 18th century, during the revolution, the castle was destroyed.

At the beginning of the XVIII century, the territory of the Bois de Boulogne began to develop. It has become a favorite place for rest and walks with noble people. Louis XVI organized a park there.

However, significant changes occurred in the XIX century during the reign of Napoleon III. Alleys appeared in the Bois de Boulogne, they created artificial reservoirs and even planted 400,000 trees. The work lasted four years. A restaurant appeared in the Bois de Boulogne, and later the first Longcham hippodrome, began to build elite mansions.

During the Franco-Prussian War and the siege of Paris in 1870, the forest was damaged. Again, it took time to restore the destroyed infrastructure. In 1873 a second Otoy hippodrome was opened in the forest.

In the XX century, several fountains appeared in the Bois de Boulogne forest, a stadium, pedestrian and bicycle lanes, as well as special riding areas were equipped. Now in the Bois de Boulogne there are rides, a riding school, there are recreation areas for citizens and tourists. On the territory of a huge park 18 cafes are open.

Sights of the Bois de Boulogne
The park has a lot of entertainment for every taste – from active sports activities to a more relaxing one – walks around the area among greenhouses and lakes.

Racecourses
Despite the fact that there are two hippodromes in the forest, they perform slightly different functions. Otey organizes a ride with obstacles, while Longcham hosts horse racing trotters and organizes competitions there.

By the way, the Otto Racecourse at one time was a favorite vacation spot for writers Emile Zola, Ernest Hemingway and Edgar Degas.

Riding schools operate on the basis of hippodromes. If you surely keep in a saddle and do not need lessons, then you can make a horse ride through the forest.

Climate Garden
It is more suitable for family holidays. There are rides, there is a room with crooked mirrors, a small zoo (you can see kangaroos, giraffes, bears, camels). Children will definitely not be bored. By the way, besides entertainment, they organize excursions in the forest and tell about its history.

One of the main attractions of the Bois de Boulogne. There are planted flowers and trees, which were described in the works of the great poet. For example, there are a lot of fragrant roses in the garden. By the way, there is an open theater in it where performances on the works of the great classic are shown.

The two-story neoclassical castle was built in 1775. In the park near the castle 9,000 rose bushes are planted, there are irises, tulips, lilies, orange and lemon trees. In summer and spring Bagatel Castle becomes a favorite place for walking. Once, by the way, it was a favorite resting place of Queen Marie-Antoinette.

Greenhouses Otey
They were organized by order of Louis XV. 1761 Engaged in designing greenhouses French architect Jean-Camille Formice. Now there are growing orchids, palm trees, cacti, alokazii, philodendrons, Caladiums and other plants.

Museum of traditions and folk art of France
Visitors to the museum will get acquainted with the life of the French and the main types of crafts. Here you can see not only exhibits (national costumes, furnishings, agricultural tools, etc.), but also learn about the history of folk crafts. You will be told by folk legends and traditions that will immerse you even more into the history of France.

Louis Vuitton Museum in the Bois de Boulogne
The building of the museum is unusual and in itself is of interest. They built the museum for 12 years, opened in 2008.

He worked on the project architect Frank Gehry. He sought to create something unique – the ship museum, which will become a symbol of contemporary French art.

The total area of ​​the building is 7,000 square meters.

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