Paris (7)

View northwards from the upper gazebo of the park. The Sacré Coeur on the left

The Buttes Chaumont Park is a clear example of an urban project that today would be labeled as urban recycling; the site of old quarries of gypsum and stone, in service until the annexation to Paris in 1860. The Emperor decided the transformation in park under the project of Jean Charles Alphand, one of the great figures in the technical and aesthetical articulation of Haussmann’s urban project. Inaugurated in 1867, the park uses the original quaries to configure a landscape that seems natural.

From the upper parts you can see the city core and the Sacré Coeur.

Buttes Chaumont prior to Alpand’s project

Buttes Chaumont today

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