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Parc de Belleville, Paris

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The Parc de Belleville, one of the parks and gardens of the 20th arrondissement of Paris, is situated between the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont and the Père Lachaise Cemetery.DescriptionThe Parc de Belleville is located on the hill of Belleville, its 108 metres making it the highest park in Paris. At the summit of the park, an almost thirty-metre tall terrace provides a panoramic view of the city. The park was conceived by the architect François Debulois and the landscaper Paul Brichet. It was inaugurated in 1988.The park offers 1200 trees and shrubs, a 100-metre-long waterfall fountain (the longest in Paris), and 1000 m² of lawn accessible to the public. It also contains a wooden playground for children, ping-pong tables and an open-air theatre. At the top of the park lies the Maison de l'Air, a small museum designed to educate visitors to the importance of fresh air and to the problems of pollution.The park also prides itself on its display of annual flowers. The gardeners prepare the flower beds two years in advance, in tight collaboration with the horticultural center of Rungis. Their compositions have received prizes numerous times at the Concours des Décorations Florales Estivales (Summer Floral Decoration Competition), which takes place each year in September.HistoryIn the Middle Ages, numerous religious communities acquired plots of land on the hill. They cleared fields, planted grape vines, and tapped numerous springs. Taverns and guinguettes competed for places there from the fourteenth to eighteenth century.
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  • Of all the views you can have on Paris, this is the best! The weekends from May till September there are artists on the belvedere Willy Ronis. There are great bars, coffees and restaurants in the area...  more »
  • The neighborhood of Belleville is worthy of a week of strolling along the streets, eating and popping in and out of the artist work places and galleries during the day and in the bars that have live m...  more »
  • I went to Belleville Park following a suggestion of the National Geographic and I am so glad I did. Of all the views you can have on the city I believe this is the best. You can also find a binocular,...  more »
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  • This park is in a slightly seedier part of town, but it's worth a visit. If you commit to the walk up the steps, it's rather steep. Or you can take the longer way with sloping paths. The view from the very top is really excellent.
  • The view is slightly obstructed by trees but is nonetheless nice when the weather is clear. The park itself, however, is in desperate need of cleaning. Worth a quick visit if in the vicinity.
  • Nice romantic beautiful parc in the east side of Paris. Nice views and hills. With a romantic chapel on top. Must see!!!
  • Nice parc in a nice location, perfect for children and family, maybe too perfect for them, making it overcrowded with them so if you are looking for a place to relax, this might not be your best choice.
  • Worth a visit if you are in the area but definitely not one the city's landmarks. Great views from the top esplanade.