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Montsouris Park is located in the south of Paris. It is a 15 hectare green area created in the mid-nineteenth century. extensive lawns are surrounded by clusters of ornamental trees and shrubs. The park has an artificial pond with a small island and several monuments and sculptures.
The park was created during the great reconstruction of Paris, as one of four large green areas surrounding the city center. The area where it is located was not fit for development because of the catacombs and underground corridors. They also created problems when creating the park. One night, all the water leaked from the pond filled into the underground passages.
Montsouris is a place of rest for the inhabitants of Paris. There are recreational and walking areas. Among the trees there are several monuments and sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries. Here you can see, among others, the Column of the Armed Peace and the obelisk that marked the meridian, from which the geographical longitude of French towns was determined. In 1884, the French agreed to join the international system of measures and give longitude from the Greenwich meridian.