Longchamp Racecourse

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Longchamp Racecourse
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LocationRoute des tribunes 75016 Paris
Owned byFrance Galop
Date opened1857
Course type Flat
Notable races Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
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The ParisLongchamp Racecourse (French : Hippodrome de Longchamp) is a 57 hectare horse-racing facility located on the Route des Tribunes in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris, France. It is used for flat racing and is noted for its variety of interlaced tracks and a famous hill that provides a real challenge to competing thoroughbreds. It has several racetracks varying from 1,000 to 4,000 metres in length with 46 different starting posts. The course is home to more than half of the group one races held in France, and has a capacity of 50,000. The highlight of the calendar is the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Held on the first weekend in October, the event attracts the best horses from around the world.

Races at Longchamp - Edouard Manet, 1867 RacesatLongchampManet1867.jpg
Races at Longchamp - Édouard Manet, 1867

The first race run at Longchamp was on Sunday, April 27, 1857 in front of a massive crowd. The Emperor Napoleon III and his wife Eugénie were present, having sailed down the Seine River on their private yacht to watch the third race. Until 1930, many Parisians came to the track down the river on steamboats and various other vessels, the trip taking around an hour to the Pont de Suresnes. The royal couple joined Prince Jérôme Bonaparte and his son Prince Napoleon in the Royal Enclosure alongside the Prince of Nassau, Prince Murat and the Duke of Morny, an avid racegoer. Non-aristocratic members of the upper classes were not permitted into the Royal enclosure and had to be content with watching from their barouche carriages on the lawn.

A number of prominent artists have painted horse racing scenes at Longchamp including the one seen here by Édouard Manet in 1867 and another four years later by Edgar Degas titled Race Horses at Longchamp.

Racing continued during the German occupation of France in World War II, with many German officers in the stands.

Plan of the Longchamp Racecourse, Paris, France. Hippodrome de Longchamp - OSM 2020.svg
Plan of the Longchamp Racecourse, Paris, France.

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Longchamp Racecourse

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