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Visit the gardens of Champs-sur-Marne

Visit the gardens of Champs-sur-Marne



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If the primary appearance of the Champs-sur-Marne gardens is that of a classic, "French-style" park, a more in-depth look at the place and its history allows us to come back to the changes they have undergone and on their originality. Let's go back to the beginning of the 18th century, when the park which stretches out in front of the castle looks like a little Versailles, with its water features decorated with sculptures and its impeccable view towards the Marne valley. It must be said that its architect is none other than Claude Desgots, grand-nephew and collaborator of André Le Nôtre, gardener of King Louis XIV and designer of the gardens of the Palace of Versailles! During the following two centuries, the park will be regularly reinvented: first the layout becomes simpler, then the paths are curved in the fashion of "English" gardens, boxwood embroidery disappears ... before returning to French classicism from the beginnings to the end of the 19th century. It is the gardens as we know them today that frame with great brilliance a fully restored castle following a campaign of 7 years of work.

Castle park of Champs sur Marne


Christophe Bernard / CMN Paris The castle is installed on two terraces which give it an overhanging position in relation to the gardens.

Castle park of Champs sur Marne


Christophe Bernard / CMN Paris Over the course of the transformations, the pieces of grass have become more numerous and have moved closer to the castle.

Castle park of Champs sur Marne


Christophe Bernard / CMN Paris From its "French" history, the park retains a taste for well-defined rhythms.

Castle park of Champs sur Marne


Christophe Bernard / CMN Paris The end of the 19th century saw the appearance of new spaces, such as the so-called "Madame's" lounge, fashioned from trellises.

Castle park of Champs sur Marne


Christophe Bernard / CMN Paris View of the two pools in the park, separated by several long pieces of grass.

Castle park of Champs sur Marne


Christophe Bernard / CMN Paris The park has several cloisters, the center of which is occupied by a sculpture.

Castle park of Champs sur Marne


Christophe Bernard / CMN Paris Through its statues, the park borrows and nods to works appearing in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles or in Italy.

Castle park of Champs sur Marne


Christophe Bernard / CMN Paris A beautiful moment of "French" gardening through this vast perspective punctuated by ponds and sculptures and surrounded by a perimeter wall bordered by trees.