A paradise for art lovers! You will find some of the most interesting museums on the Paris cultural scene here. On the programme for a visit: Musée Cernuschi, Musée Jacquemart-André, Musée Jean-Jacques Henner ... and numerous art galleries. But the Monceau district is also and especially renowned for the wonderful Monceau park, a haven of peace and lush greenery for a stroll.
Built between 1860 and 1871, this church is situated at the crossroads of boulevards Haussmann and Malesherbes. The exterior cupola of the church is strongly influenced by Roman and Byzantine styles but inside is a daring metallic structure, the largest of its time.
The construction of a church for followers of the Greco-Russian faith corresponds to a period when Franco-Russian diplomatic relations were closer. An extraordinary collection of funds was organized amongst students, soldiers, nuns and even a Greek sponsor, in order to finance the construction of this edifice in a Russo-Byzantine style.
Straddling the 8th and the 17th arrondissements of Paris, the Parc Monceau is a delightful place to stroll. Created in 1769 by the Duc de Chartre and re-designed by Baron Haussmann under Napoleon III, it has some magnificent trees – including a 158-year-old sycamore maple 30-metres-high – and statues of writers and musicians.
Talented portrait and landscape painter, Jean-Jacques Henner (1829-1905) first of all produced drawings and sketches before devoting himself to painting. His feminine nudes, nymphs and naiads made his reputation as an exceptional artist.
Henri Cernuschi (1821-1896) bequeathed the works of Asiatic art he had collected on his long travels together with his mansion, at the edge of Parc Monceau, to the City. Rooted in the art and archaeology of ancient China, from the Neolithic period to the 13th century, the museum gives centre stage to a huge bronze Buddha, meditating opposite a bay window inundated with light.
In the first decade of the twentieth century, the banker Moïse de Camondo, a passionate collector of 18th-century decorative arts, had a magnificent mansion built on the edge of Parc Monceau, inspired by the Petit Trianon at Versailles but equipped with all modern comforts. In his wood-panelled apartments, he artfully displayed his collection. From the blue salon to porcelain collections, he takes us from Versailles to the table of Catherine II of Russia. In 1936, the mansion became a museum. A wonderful opportunity to visit an exceptionally refined family residence.
Nélie Jacquemart was commissioned to paint the portrait of Édouard André, the heir of a banking family. They were to remain inseparable and devoted their fortune to the collection exhibited in their mansion, built in 1875. The magnificent reception rooms, winter garden and private apartments are decorated with Louis XV and Louis XVI furniture, paintings by Boucher, Chardin and Fragonard and treasures of the Italian Renaissance collected on their trips abroad. The smoking room is English with Hoppner, Lawrence and Reynolds. The Flemish and Dutch masters of the 17th century, led by Rembrandt, are displayed in the library.
N° 55 rue du faubourg Saint-Honoré is the residence and offices of the President of the French Republic. The reception rooms, dining room and garden make the Élysée Palace an architectural masterpiece which can, exceptionally, be visited by the public during Heritage Days.