Château de Maisons-Laffitte
Location (in red) within Paris inner and outer suburbs
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Jacques Myard|
|• Land1||6.75 km2 (2.61 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||3,400/km2 (8,800/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||78358 / 78600|
|Elevation||22–57 m (72–187 ft)
(avg. 38 m or 125 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
Maisons-Laffitte is famous for the Château de Maisons-Laffitte, built by architect François Mansart in the 17th century. Maisons-Laffitte is also known for its horse racing track, the Maisons-Laffitte Racecourse, which is why the town is known as the "cité du cheval" and is compared with Newmarket in the United Kingdom.
Originally called Maisons-sur-Seine (meaning "Maisons upon Seine"), the commune was officially renamed Maisons-Laffitte in 1882 in honor of banker Jacques Laffitte who financed the housing developments on the estate of the Château de Maisons-Laffitte.
The Château de Maisons-Laffitte has a secret passage to what once used to be part of the Château de Maisons-Laffitte but which is now a school - Collège de l'Ermitage.
- Pape-Philippe Amagou, basketball player
- Grégory Baugé, cyclist
- Jerzy Giedroyc, founder and editor of a leading Polish-émigré literary-political journal, Kultura
- Randy de Puniet, motorcycle racer
- Odd Nerdrum, painter
- Philippe Jaroussky, opera singer
- Jean Cocteau, writer, filmmaker, and artist
- James Winkfield, jockey, horse trainer
- Local website (in English)
- Official website (in French)
- Pictures and history of Maisons-Laffitte ( French)
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