The Parc Monceau Neighborhood

View of the Main Pavilion and Carrousel Ring Game/ Taken from Point P.
View of the Main Pavilion and Carrousel Ring Game/ Taken from Point P.

At first glance, Parc Monceau and its surrounding luxurious private mansions do not seem to have anything in common with the French Revolution. Although far from the center of Paris, the western neighborhoods of Paris were still marked by these events. It was during this period that this exclusive park, created for the Duke de Chartres’ pleasure, was turned into a public garden. This was also when the Château des Ternes was transformed into a private clinic, which remained open to a rich international clientele. However, this vast plain, which is an extension of the Saint-Honoré neighborhood and was then known as “Mousseaux,” not only attracted wealthy residences. There is also a forgotten commemorative site of the Revolution: the Errancis cemetery in which was buried more than a thousand people who were executed on the Place de la Révolution (currently Concorde).

The Parc Monceau Neighborhood

Chronology

  • 1790

    The Chateau des Ternes is transformed into a luxury hotel for international travelers
  • 1793

    The gardens of the Chartres pleasure palace is transformed into a public park
  • June 1, 1794

    Creation of the Ecole de Mars military academy, located on the Sablons plain
  • Spring 1794

    The Errancis cemetery receives the remains of those who were guillotined on the Place de la Révolution (now Place de la Concorde)
  • October 22, 1797

    André-Jacques Garnerin makes the first parachute descent in the former gardens of the Chartres pleasure palace
  • 1802

    The Chateau des Ternes is sold to a speculator and Jeanne Labrosse makes a parachute descent in the former gardens of the Chartres pleasure palace
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