Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois, Essonne

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Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois
Town Hall
Town Hall
Location (in red) within Paris inner and outer suburbs
Location (in red) within Paris inner and outer suburbs
Coordinates: 48°38′13″N 2°20′25″E / 48.6369°N 2.3403°E / 48.6369; 2.3403Coordinates: 48°38′13″N 2°20′25″E / 48.6369°N 2.3403°E / 48.6369; 2.3403
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Essonne
Arrondissement Palaiseau
Canton Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois
Intercommunality Val d'Orge
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Olivier Leonhardt
Area
 • Land1 9.27 km2 (3.58 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 34,725
 • Population2 density 3,700/km2 (9,700/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 91549 / 91700
Elevation 37–90 m (121–295 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.

Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois (often abbreviated to SGdB[citation needed]) is a commune in the southern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 23.5 km. (14.6 miles) from the center of Paris, in the arrondissement of Palaiseau, in the Essonne department, in the Île-de-France region.

History[edit]

Inhabitants of Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois are known as Génovéfains. There has been a settlement in what is now Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois since Roman times. In 1800 it was still a small settlement with around 100 inhabitants. After the armistice in 1918 the population was counted at less than 800. The boom started in the 1920's when inhabitants of Paris wanted affordable housing. This boom was in part due to the fact that the railway station of Perray was built, connecting the town to Paris. The population at the moment is over 30.000 inhabitants, making it one of the larger settlements in the Essonne departement.

In 1926 the Château de la Cossonnerie[1] was converted to a retirement home for White émigrés. It is locally known as the Maison Russe. It is still a retirement home but also a centre for Russian Culture.

Notable events[edit]

In 1963 Carrefour opened its first hypermarket in Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois, at more than 2 500 square meters the largest in France at the time.[2] This store is still active.

Ilan Halimi, the young French Jew, who was kidnapped and tortured (leading to his eventual death) in 2006 by a group called the the Gang of Barbarians|Gang of Barbarians, was found in Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois.[3]

Tourism[edit]

Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois does not have an Office du Tourisme nor does the Mairie have tourist facilities. The town has set out a walking tour of the town taking in most of the important places in the town, taking in both the old and the new.

The town offers limited cycling, horse-riding and walking facilities. There is a campsite in neighbouring Villiers-sur-Orge.

Sights[edit]

Attractions include the Donjon, a park with animals, the town greenhouse, a grotto, and a Russian Necropolis. There are two main green spaces, the Bois des Trous and a parkland which borders on the river Orge (a tributary of the Seine). There are also some small parks.

Location[edit]

Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois is one of the southern suburbs (banlieu) of Paris, France. It is located 23.5 km (14.6 mi) from the center of Paris and lies just north of junction 42 on the orbital Francilienne autoroute.

Transport[edit]

Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois has an eponymous railway station located on the Paris–Bordeaux railway and the Transilien which in part serves RER line C to Paris.

From the railway station a number of bus lines connect the town to the region: lines CEAT (101, 102, 103, 104 and 105), Daniel Meyer (DM6A and DM17A)

Sport[edit]

See Sainte-Geneviève Sports

Gallery[edit]

Twin[edit]

Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois is twinned with Obertshausen in Germany.

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