Parc de Bécon

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Parc de Bécon
Blason Courbevoie 92.svg
Park in Courbevoie
Parc de Bécon
Stairs in the Parc de Bécon
Basic data
place Courbevoie
Technical specifications
Parking area 3.25 hectares

The Parc de Bécon is an urban green space in the French city of Courbevoie , a suburb of Paris . The 3.25 hectare park is located on the Seine and originally belonged to the Château de Bécon estate, which no longer exists .


View of the Bécon Castle Park on a plan from 1733

The Parc de Bécon is located along the Seine on two levels. The lower part is separated southeast by the street Quai du Maréchal Joffre from the river, in which the Île de la Jatte is located at this point . The upper part of the park is bordered to the northwest by the Boulevard Saint-Denis . On the eastern side of the park runs the Passage du Pourquoi Pai with access to the Musée Roybet Fould art museum , the École maternelle Théophile Gauthier , the Bibliothèque Charcot and the Cinéma Abel Gance cinema . On the western side of the park, the city nursery and the Villa Pavillon des Indes border the green area.


The name Bécon referred to an initially independent settlement that is now part of the city of Courbevoie. The Parc de Bécon originally surrounded the castle of Bécon. The last castle building was the residence of the sculptor Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux . The castle was damaged during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71. Thereafter, the Romanian Prince George Barbu Știrbei acquired the castle and the surrounding park. He lived in the castle and had the marble sculpture Les Amours des Anges by the Italian sculptor Giulio Bergonzoli set up in the park , which had previously been shown at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1867 . It is now in the Musée Roybet Fould on the edge of the Parc de Bécon. The museum building was originally the pavilion of Norway and Sweden at the 1878 World Exhibition in Paris. Fürst Știrbei bought the pavilion after the world exhibition and had it built in the Parc de Bécon as an apartment and studio for his stepdaughter, the painter Consuelo Fould . Parts of the Villa Pavillon des Indes , which adjoins the Parc de Bécon, also come from the 1878 World Exhibition . The villa was built using elements from the pavilion for British India as a home and studio for Prince Știrbei's second stepdaughter, the painter Georges Achille-Fould .

In 1940 the city of Courbevoie acquired the castle and the Parc de Bécon. The castle was damaged in air raids in World War II and demolished in 1957. The terrace with the outside staircase and the basement of the castle were preserved. On the south wall of the terrace there was a memorial plaque for Major General Leclerc with a relief portrait for several decades . In 2018 this memorial was relocated in front of the old town hall (Square de l'Hôtel-de-Ville). In front of the terrace there is a former fountain basin in the lower area of ​​the park, which today serves as a flower bed. This formally designed, right-angled complex is part of an axis that is continued in geometrically laid out lawns with flower beds in the upper area of ​​the park and is reminiscent of the former palace park. In addition, there are areas with a dense tree population, children's playgrounds, a café, a children's carousel, several tennis courts and other sports facilities, an open-air stage and a small 900 m² vineyard from which 800 bottles of wine are harvested annually. At the edge of the park, part of the facade of the Caserne Charras , which was demolished in 1962, was erected. The listed portal with the decorative gable of the main building of the barracks has been in the Parc de Bécon since 1968 and conceals the new buildings behind it.

Web links

Commons : Parc de Bécon  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Coordinates: 48 ° 53 ′ 59.5 ″  N , 2 ° 16 ′ 12.5 ″  E