Square Marcel Pagnol in Paris
The Square Marcel Pagnol was originally named the Square Laborde when laid out by Alphand and located close to the Saint-Augustin church you will find a statue, an ornate fountain now decorated with flowers along with plenty of park benches where you can sit and relax.
About Square Marcel Pagnol
This square was originally laid out during the Second Empire by the engineer Jean Charles Alphand, which was when Baron Haussmann was redeveloping Paris under the orders of Napoleon III, and it was originally named the Square Laborde.
But this Paris square was renamed the Square Marcel Pagnol in memory of the French novelist and playwright, who was actually the first filmmaker to be elected to the Academie Francaise.
A stone statue of Paul Deroulede who was a French author and politician was also positioned within this square in Paris. But after being vandalised, it was decided that a bronze statue should be put in its place, and this was executed by the renowned sculptor Paul Landowski, who is probably most well known for the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.
Unfortunately, this statue was melted down during the Nazi occupation of Paris in World War II, and it was not until 1949 that an exact copy of this bronze statue was put back in place, which is where it remains today, although the base is still made of stone.
Another feature you can discover at the Square Marcel Pagnol is an ornate water fountain located in the centre with numerous park benches all around the outside circle area, although you will not find any water spurting from this fountain in Paris any longer, as it has been decorated with plants and flowers as a monumental piece of decoration.
Also within this square in Paris you can discover sycamore and silver maple trees, weeping mulberry, chestnut and oriental plane trees, along with a table tennis table and a sand pit for the little ones.
Visiting Square Marcel Pagnol in Paris
Now when it comes to visiting this square, you will find it located in the 8th Arrondissement and is open from 8am during the weekdays and 9am at weekends, however closing times do vary according to the time of year. Plus we would like to point out that only parts of the Square Marcel Pagnol are accessible to the disabled, as there is even a part that has stone steps leading down to it.
And for getting here via public transport in Paris you would need the Metro station called the Saint-Augustin stop via line 9, and there are a couple of entrances to the square either via the Rue de Laborde or the Place Henri-Bergson, which is where a Velib station for the bike rental scheme is located.