Le Parc Montsouris is the largest park in Paris after the Buttes Chaumont. It was created at the initiative of Napoleon III, in collaboration with Baron Haussmann. The goal was to give to each of Paris four cardinal points a green space : Buttes-Chaumont at the North, Bois de Boulogne at West, Bois de Vincennes at east and Parc Montsouris at south. A four-meter high stone marks the South Meridian that crosses through the Parc Montsouris.
The area of the park used to be called the “career Montsouris”, which was exploited for the extraction of stones for construction. A report from the 18th century even states that Montsouris stones size was arguably the best and toughest ones that had been used in Paris’ buildings.
The Park as we know it was completed in 1878, with a long delay because of the 1870 war. Many sculptures were added throughout the time
During the time when the park was built, the fashion was on England-style garden and Napoleon III loved them. Swans and mallards swim in the artificial lake. This lake’s water comes from a waterfall, itself fueled by the Bièvre river.
Inside the parc you will find a restaurant called Le Pavillon du Lac, which was founded in 1889. Numerous personalities met there: painters, writers, political… and maybe you ?