PARIS — Batignolles-Monceau

The 17th arrondissement of Paris is predominantly an upper middle-class residential and commercial district. The south is a trendy area with large boulevards and traditional architecture giving it an elegant feel. The Ternes and Poncelet district is a lively market area for the local community. The Parc Monceau is at the centre of this district.

The sights found here are:
Square des Batignolles
Place de Clichy
Musée National Jean-Jacques Henner
Palais des Congrès de Paris

Square des Batignolles

Square des Batignolles
This is the largest green space in this part of Paris and it was designed in the natural English-style of garden. This square was created in 1862 and prior to this the area was countryside with a few scattered farms. It has lots of lawn and shaded paths to walk along under many varieties of trees. It is popular with families because of its playgrounds, sand boxes and even a carousel with old-fashioned wooden horses. There are also areas for roller skating, ping pong tables and boules.

Place de Clichy

Place de Clichy
The Place de Clichy is a bustling intersection filled with restaurants and movie theatres and it is a hive of activity both during the day and at night. It lies at the former site of the Barrière de Clichy, an ancient gate in the city wall leading outside to the village of Clichy. It is one of the few places in Paris where four arrondissements meet at a single point. These are the eighth, the ninth, the seventeenth and the eighteenth arrondissements. On this square is a six-metre tall bronze statue dedicated to Maréchal de Moncey who defended the Barrière de Clichy from foreign invasion in 1814. The statue stands on a pedestal that is eight metres tall.

Musée National Jean-Jacques Henner
This museum is dedicated to the French artist Jean-Jacques Henner and is found in an elegant 19th century mansion that has undergone renovation in the past few years. Henner painted more than 400 portraits that capture the subject with all their beauty and faults including, red noses, mottled skin or beautiful blue eyes. He also painted soft-featured nudes which are found in the very light third floor together with a series of religious paintings including a stark portrayal of a lifeless Christ, whose luminescent white skin is offset by a shock of flaming red hair. This mansion that was the home of another painter, Guillaume Dubufe, was bought by the heirs of Henner and it opened as a museum in 1924.
For information about the museum visit the website at: http://www.musee-henner.fr/en/home

Palais des Congrès de Paris
This is a concert venue and convention centre built in the 1970s. Some of the events that have been held here include the Eurovision Song Contest and the Tour de France presentation. The Hotel Concorde La Fayette which is the largest hotel in Paris is found in the northern part of this venue. It has more than 1,000 hotel rooms.
For information about the Palais de Congrès visit the website at:
http://www.viparis.com/Viparis/salon-paris/site/Palais-Congres-Paris/fr/4?id=4&lang=fr&changeLang=true&newLang=en