The Parc Monceau, built by Louis Philippe d'Orléans, 
was meant to resemble and Anglo-Chinese garden, with its examples of the architectural folly, or fantastic reconstructions of buildings of different ages and continents. It was meant to surprise and amaze its visitors. The parc contained a miniature Egyptian pyramid, a Roman colonnade, antique statues, a pond of water lilies, a tatar tent, a farmhouse, a Dutch windmill, a temple of Mars, a minaret, an Italian vineyard, an enchanted grotto, and "a gothic building serving as a chemistry laboratory," as described by Carmontelle. In addition to the follies, the garden featured servants dressed in oriental and other exotic costumes, and unusual animals, such as camels.
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