Champ de Mars

Paris
Ile de France
Attractions and places of interest
Great Outdoors

Originally created as marching and drilling grounds for the nearby military school, the Champ de Mars today is one of Paris' most famous green spaces. Lying underneath the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, the Champ de Mars was fittingly named after the Roman god of war for its military vocation.

An important place in France's history,  the Champ de Mars massacre took place here in 1791 when anti-Royalists rebelled against the decision that King Louis XVI would rule under a constitutional monarchy and it was the home of several Universal Expositions in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Today, the Champ de Mars is a major venue for national events and festivals, as well as being a popular place for Parisians to enjoy the sunshine. Take a picnic, let the kids run around in the play areas, and enjoy one of the most famous views in the world.

Nearby attractions

Built for the 1889 World's Fair, the Exposition Universelle, the Eiffel Tower is undoubtedly Paris' most recognisable landmark. Visitors can walk up the stairs of the first 2 levels and take a lift to the top or take the lift...

Housed inside the former Orsay railway station which is beautiful in itself and was built for the Exposition Universelle, the Musée d'Orsay holds the world's largest display of Inpressionist and Post-Impresssionist artworks....

The legendary Lido has been the venue for some of the finest shows and most well-known names since 1946. Enjoy an exceptional evening at the Revue Bonheur (Happiness) with 70 artistes on stage including the famous Bluebell...

Standing in the Place Charles de Gaulle is this magnificent arch, built to commemorate the fallen soldiers of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars - an enormous 50m high, 45m wide and 22m deep.

Places to visit nearby

Paris in Ile de France is France's capital city and a hub of art, culture and fashion that is the most visited city in the world!

Versailles in Ile de France is the home of one of France's most famous and spectacular monuments - the Palace of Versailles.

Giverny in Normandy is a picturesque village that captured the heart of Monet, becoming his home town and inspiring many of his most famous works.