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Porte de Versailles
The ‘Porte de Versailles’ is situated next to the city of Issy-les-Moulineaux and owes its name to its orientation which allows to reach easily the city of Versailles.
The feature of the district is to welcome the main exhibition centre of Paris. Built in 1923, it is at present the most important exhibition centre in France and the 4th in Europe. On a surface of 220 000 m ², nearly 200 shows take place each year, among which the main annual demonstrations: the Paris International Agricultural Show (700 000 visitors), the Paris Motor Show (1,5 millions visitors every other year), the Paris Boat show, the Book Fair, the Paris Trade Fair, just to name a few …
Parc de Montsouris
This English garden is the work of Adolphe Alphand, supervised by Haussmann (1878). It was created at instigation of Napoleon III, who then wanted to endow each of the cardinal points of Paris with a green space. The name of Montsouris is said to originate from ‘Moque Souris’. It evokes ancient times, where the mills of Bièvre decayed and where this place was not inhabited anymore than by rodents.
The Montsouris Park is the students residing in the nearby campus favourite place of relaxation, who enjoy lounging on public lawns in good weather. Its landscape is punctuated with numerous bronze or stone sculptures. The park is dominated by the prime line of the Paris Observatory, which marks the passage of the former meridian of Paris. From May to September, you can linger in the bandstand: you will certainly be able to listen to one of the numerous concerts which are given here.
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