14 June 2024

Venue Spotlight: Bagatelle Park

Venue Spotlight: Bagatelle Park

In one week the world’s top riders and horses will descend on Bagatelle Park in Paris to vie for top honors in the Longines Global Champions Tour of Paris. Bagatelle Park will serve as the eighth stage of the 2024 tour.

Bagatelle Park, located within the Bois de Boulogne in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, is a picturesque haven renowned for its beautifully manicured gardens and serene landscapes. Created in 1775, the park spans approximately 24 hectares and features a variety of botanical features, including the famous rose garden, which boasts over 10,000 rose bushes of nearly 1,200 varieties. This beautiful park is also steeped in history, with its origins tracing back to a bet between Marie Antoinette and her brother-in-law, the Count of Artois, who wagered that a chateau could be built within 64 days. Remarkably, the Count of Artois succeeded, and the charming Château de Bagatelle, designed by architect François-Joseph Bélanger, stands as a testament to this feat.

Beyond its historical chateau and rose garden, Bagatelle Park offers visitors a range of natural and artistic attractions. The park is home to numerous themed gardens, including an iris garden, a water lily pond, and various ornamental plantings that change with the seasons, providing a dynamic and ever-evolving landscape. The park also features several sculptures, grottoes, and picturesque bridges, making it a perfect destination to escape the bustling city for leisurely strolls, picnics, and photography.

The world’s top riders will go head to head against the backdrop of the manicured gardens and historic chateau. Join us as we witness a thrilling show jumping set against the backdrop of one of Paris’ most beautiful garden escapes.

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