Montfort-l'Amaury

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Montfort-l'Amaury
Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Montfort-l'Amaury
Coat of arms
Montfort-l'Amaury is located in France
Montfort-l'Amaury
Montfort-l'Amaury
Coordinates: 48°46′40″N 1°48′36″E / 48.7778°N 1.81°E / 48.7778; 1.81Coordinates: 48°46′40″N 1°48′36″E / 48.7778°N 1.81°E / 48.7778; 1.81
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Yvelines
Arrondissement Rambouillet
Canton Montfort-l'Amaury
Government
 • Mayor (2008–14) Hervé Planchenault
Area1 5.71 km2 (2.20 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 33,135
 • Density 5,800/km2 (15,000/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 78420 / 78490
Elevation 98–183 m (322–600 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.

Montfort-l'Amaury is a commune in the Yvelines department in the Île-de-France region in north-central France. It is located in the south-western suburbs of Paris 20 km (12 mi) north of Rambouillet. The name comes from Amaury I de Montfort, the first count of Montfort.

Geography[edit]

Montfort-l'Amaury lies north of the Rambouillet Forest. It is located at the foot of low hills, at about 130 m above sea level.

History[edit]

King Robert II built a castle in 996 in the hills of Montfort. Montfort-l'Amaury was the stronghold of the Montfort family from the start of the 11th century. Amaury I built the ramparts.

The Comté de Montfort was related to the Duchy of Brittany following the marriage of Yolande de Dreux-Montfort with Arthur of Brittany in 1294. It returned to the crown of France when Brittany became a part of France under Francis I. The castle was destroyed by the English during the Hundred Years' War.

Sites of interest[edit]

The ruins of the donjon, above the house of Maurice Ravel
Maurice Ravel's house in Montfort-l'Amaury, where the composer lived from 1921 until his death

People[edit]

Twin towns[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]