Sep 1, 2010


Imagine this picture. There’s a park view like this in Paris, Parc de Buttes Chaumont in 19 th arrondissement. On top of this peak, Gabriel Davioud built the "Temple of Sibylle", inspired by that of Tivoli. It evokes a sense of mythology. A lake of 2 hectares (5 acres) was dug, surrounding a 35 meter high rocky peak.

The Temple of Sybille was accessed by two bridges. Built by Gustave Eiffel, the suspension bridge of 63.86 meters in length and 8 meters above ground, is no longer used. The other bridge is 30 meters above ground, an arched stone and mortar bridge named the "Bridge of Suicides". This is the only access to the Temple now. One of two man-made streams which supply the lake with water from the Villette basin cascades in a 32 meter waterfall, falling into a large cave of 20 meters in height with artificial stalactites.


Station on Paris Metro: Buttes Chaumont, Botzaris