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Parc du Champ de Mars

Named after the Roman God of War, this appellation relates to the original vocation of the area as an exercise ground for the military cadets of the École militaire. Created in 1780, it is a major venue for national events. This park extends from the École militaire to the Eiffel Tower and is accessible day and night as it is not enclosed. It offers a wonderful view of the capital’s most famous monument; whatever the weather, people come to picnic, play music, meet up, and at nightfall ... to watch the tower sparkle with lights.
The rectangular design of the Champ-de-Mars recalls its initial purpose: a training ground for the military manoeuvres of the Ecole Militaire (Military School). Opened in 1780, it became an important place for national events: 'fête de la fédération' in 1790, the awarding of decorations by Napoleon I in 1804, then the setting for many world fairs. Lakes, ornamental ponds, winding walks and grottoes adorn the Champ-de-Mars. Many birds may be seen in the area and it is one of the rare places in Paris where the song of the tawny owl is heard at night.

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Fabienne04-Oct-2012 18:52
La vue est fabuleuse et merci pour les textes qui accompagnent les images.
lucanton22-Sep-2012 09:44
Magnifique vue sur le parc..
Irene Wehrli21-Sep-2012 14:02
What a view - I love all that green in this big town!
meekam tam21-Sep-2012 12:43
Stunning city view, Jose! Great shot! V
Frank Tran21-Sep-2012 04:32
Outstanding view! V+
larose forest photos21-Sep-2012 02:43
Breathtaking view down this long park. V
woody3421-Sep-2012 01:01
Wonderful perspective of this beautiful view..V
William Barletta21-Sep-2012 00:09
Wow! a very fine view
MarcViskens20-Sep-2012 20:54
very nice José
Clarence King20-Sep-2012 20:41
Great aerial cityscape, interesting history. v
Janice Dunn20-Sep-2012 19:58
Such a stunning view from up there. Thanks for the history too.
Simon Chandler20-Sep-2012 19:47
Dramatic composition from a great vantage point. v
John Reynolds LRPS20-Sep-2012 19:44
Great view. I have been to the top of the Mountparnesse tower in the distance. V.
Peter Sussex20-Sep-2012 19:37
Wonderful and very matured city design, that can not be seen when you are on the ground. Awesome capture. V
Vickie BROWN20-Sep-2012 19:34
Stunningly amazing view at the wonderful vantage point, thank you for sharing with us the great information. V
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