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Gardens of Saint-Cloud

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Le Nôtre laid out a park covering nearly 460 hectares. A succession of parterres, ponds and cascades leads down to the Seine. For the most part the park still retains the layout, designed by Le Nôtre between 1670 and 1690. The parterres, statues, allees, and fountains, that were the epitome of a formal French garden under Le Nôtre, were enhanced by the falling terrain of the grounds at Saint-Cloud. Like Versailles and Marly-le-Roi, it preserves 18th century hydraulic techniques. However, the falling ground makes for far greater water pressure than was available at Versailles and such interesting variations on the canal as a stepped canal. The principal fountain the Grand Cascade, measuring 90 metres, is a testament to the mastery of waterworks of architect Antoine Le Pautre. An oblong basin by Jules-Hardouin Mansar was added at the foot of the fountain later.

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