Racecourse racecourse located near the Bois de Boulogne, in the town of Paris, the racecourse of Longchamp takes place on the remains of the old abbey of the same name destroyed in the French Revolution.
Built in 1857 by Antoine-Nicolas Bailly, it is inaugurated by Emperor Napoleon III and his wife Empress Eugenie. Bombed in 1870 and during the First World War, the site has experienced difficult hours over the years, becoming even stockyard in 1914. Today completely renovated by the architect to whom we owe the National Library of France, Dominique Perrault, the racecourse of Longchamp is now a new skin.
The site covers nearly sixty hectares between the Seine and the Bois de Boulogne, revealing several race tracks. Several major international awards are organized every year, such as the Paris Grand Prix, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe or the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère.
The Longchamp Racecourse is also the scene of several major events such as concerts. The site notably hosts the Solidays festival for the benefit of research against AIDS since 1999, and the Download festival since 2016.