A GREEN TREASURE
West of Paris in the department of Hauts-de-Seine stands the 460-hectare Domaine National de Saint-Cloud, a park which has been a listed historic monument since 9 November 1994.
Awarded the official title of a ‘Remarkable Garden of France’, like Vaux-le-Vicomte and Versailles it remains one of André Le Nôtre’s greatest achievements: the architect was able to incorporate the irregularity of the land and the unusual site to create a masterpiece of formal French landscape gardening.
The monumental scale of the formal gardens, their views of the surrounding countryside and their geometric perfection were all achieved through Le Nôtre’s faultless understanding of the estate’s both natural and man-made features.
Although the chateau burnt to the ground in 1870, the gardens and fountains conjure up memories of this princely, royal and then imperial residence, and of the feasts and receptions that were held there and made Saint-Cloud an integral part of French history.
It is here, in this exceptional setting, that Rock en Seine welcomes its artists and audience: a true human and artistic adventure within a historic monument.
The programme of events at Saint-Cloud can be found at monuments-nationaux.fr.