This vast green space offers a pleasing natural contrast to the imposing Eiffel Tower.
An aperitif to the Eiffel Tower
At the foot of the Eiffel Tower, these public gardens are perfect for taking a quick breather before scaling this famous monument. In the past, this wide open space was used for growing fruit and vegetables. However, after being transformed into a drilling and marching ground in the 18th century, this leafy complex now offers a refreshing contrast to its surrounding urban landscape. It is named after the Campus Martius in Rome, since Mars was the Roman god of war. You’ll find it in the seventh arrondissement, with the Eiffel Tower to the north west and the École Militaire to the south west. It was used for the 1867, 1878 and 1889 World’s Fairs which were hosted by the City of Light, yet was also the site of various tragic events such as the Champs to Mars massacre in 1791.