Arboretum de Chevreloup, Rocquencourt

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The Arboretum de Chèvreloup is a major arboretum located just north of the Palace of Versailles at 30, route de Versailles, Rocquencourt, Yvelines, Île-de-France, France. It forms part of the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, and is open several days per week in the warmer months; an admission fee is charged.HistoryThe site dates to 1699 when Louis XIV acquired the hamlet of Chèvreloup, demolishing its walls to form a hunting ground near his castle. During the 18th century, botanist Bernard de Jussieu (1699–1777) was a frequent visitor at Versailles, where in 1759 he created a botanical garden at the edge of Chèvreloup in today's Parc de Trianon; this garden was destroyed, however, upon the death of Louis XV. During the French Revolution, Chèvreloup was sold to private owners, then purchased by Napoleon in 1806. In the 19th century it became apparent that the Jardin des Plantes in Paris was too small for a national collection, and in 1922 the conservator of the Estate of Versailles and architect François-Benjamin Chaussemiche (1864–1945) established today's arboretum as the Jardin de Jussieu, annex to the National Museum of Natural History. In 1940, however, it was abandoned. Planting resumed in 1960, with parts of the arboretum opening to the public in 1977.
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  • We found this magical place last month and I must say it's really beautiful. Parking is simple, nice and friendly hospitality and the very interesting ride with the discovery of as pretty trees than the other. Quiet and relaxing place to escape from the stress of the city.
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  • Nice ride with grandchildren in this 20 ha arboretum. The course "The adventures of yum yum & Glou Glou" is very well done and very interesting. It takes between 1:30 and 2: no hurry to do so. Our grandchildren were packed. Everything is quiet. Lots of beautiful trees. Very well maintained. It really feels to the campaign. Recommend.
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  • A nice walk, year-round, on 50ha, 20 minutes from Paris. Plan of good shoes, picnic possible.
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  • Amazing park only 15 minutes away from Paris!
  • I visited it during the spring, the oxygen is really pure, hat for those dealing with this park. I really liked the walk between the trees of all kinds.
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  • Beautiful park, very well maintained. It would have been interesting to have more information on the trees.
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  • There are too few places in which we have the opportunity to marvel at the richness of nature. This one actually part!
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  • Home by people passionate and exciting! Unique place, where we learn amazing things on plants and trees, Museum to visit absolutely!
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