The town hall of Ville-d'Avray
Paris and inner ring départements
|Intercommunality||Grand Paris Seine Ouest|
|• Mayor||Denis Badré (mandat 2008-2014)|
|Area1||3.67 km2 (1.42 sq mi)|
|• Density||3,000/km2 (7,900/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||92077 / 92410|
|Elevation||86–178 m (282–584 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.
Ville-d'Avray is a commune in the western suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 11.9 km (7.4 mi) from the center of Paris. The commune is served by the Boulogne-Billancourt prefecture, of the Hauts-de-Seine department.
Ville-d'Avray contains no station of the Paris Métro, RER, or suburban rail network. The closest station to Ville-d'Avray is Sèvres – Ville d'Avray station on the Transilien Paris – Saint-Lazare suburban rail line. This station is located in the neighboring commune of Sèvres, 0.8 km (0.50 mi) from the town center of Ville-d'Avray.
Jean Rostand was a French biologist and philosopher who lived in Ville-d'Avray.
Active as an experimental biologist, Rostand became famous for his work as a science writer, as well as a philosopher and an activist. His scientific work covered a variety of biological fields such as amphibian embryology, parthenogenesis and teratogeny, while his literary output extended into popular science, history of science and philosophy. His work in the area of cryogenics gave the idea of cryonics to Robert Ettinger.
Landscape painter Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot maintained a residence in the village and used the area as a subject for several paintings including Ville d'Avray (painting) in 1867. Actress Isabelle Huppert spent her childhood in Ville-d'Avray. French author and musician Boris Vian was born in the town in 1920. Literary historian and critic, essayist, novelist and poet, member of the French Academy and the Académie de Saintonge, Pierre-Henri Simon lived in Ville d'Avray and is buried there.
Popularity on Google Earth
The village is the location of a former technical school focused on the aerospace sector, though now associated with the University of Paris. To celebrate their ongoing commitment to aeronautical engineering, a scale model of a Dassault Mirage 2000 fighter jet is set out in the courtyard. Discovery of the model by users of Google Earth in the mid-2000s caused a minor stir on the Internet, and the "jet in a residential parking lot" is consistently featured on lists of satellite imagery curiosities.
- Sundays and Cybele
- Communes of the Hauts-de-Seine department
- List of works by James Pradier Sculptures in parish church
- Ville-d'Avray town council website (in French)
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