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A leisure and recreation park
The Bois de Boulogne lies to the south of the Louis Vuitton Foundation. In the Middle Ages, the wood was part of the Rouvray forest, a hunting reserve of the kings of France. The current surface area of the wood, 846 hectares, was demarcated during the Second Empire. Napoleon III asked Baron Haussmann to turn it into a pleasure and leisure park, with rivers and water features. Twenty hectares of the wood were devoted to a zoological park, the Jardin d’Acclimatation, inaugurated in 1860. Today, the zoo no longer exists, replaced by other attractions, but the Great Waterfall and the Emperor’s kiosk on the lower lake are still present.
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