The town hall of Bry-sur-Marne
Paris and inner ring departments
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Jean-Pierre Spilbauer|
|Area1||3.35 km2 (1.29 sq mi)|
|• Density||4,600/km2 (12,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||94015 / 94360|
|Elevation||36–100 m (118–328 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.
Prehistory and early history
Bry's name comes from the Celtic word Briw, which means a bridge or a river crossing. The area has been inhabited since Neolithic times. The town's motto, which features on its coat of arms, is "Moult viel que Paris" - old French for "Much older than Paris".
In 1903, archeologist Adrien Mentienne uncovered the bones of a large bovine which died 15,000 years ago. In 1982, the skeleton of a woman who died in the 5th century BC was uncovered beneath the playground of a school in Bry. It is now housed in the town's museum.
From that century onwards, there was a permanent human presence where Bry now stands. In 1886, a necropolis was found which contained pottery, Gaul and Frankish weaponry, silver and gold jewelry, and coins, dating from the Gaul era to the Merovingian. The first known written mention of the town named Bry was in a charter signed by King Charles the Bald in 861.
The first church was built in 1130.
From the feudal era to modern times
In 1404, Robert de Châtillon, cousin of King Charles VI, was Bry's feudal lord. His castle no longer stands, and its exact location is uncertain. Bry's current château was built in the 1690s. It became the town hall in 1866. It was rebuilt after the Franco-Prussian War of 1870.
The commune has one public preschool, Maternelle Jules Ferry; three combined public preschools and elementary schools, La Pépinière, Paul Barilliet, and Louis Daguerre; as well as one public elementary school, Henri Cahn. The commune has a public junior high school, Collège Henri Cahn.
The commune also has a private elementary through junior high school, Institut Saint Thomas de Villeneuve.
There are multiple public senior high schools in surrounding communes:
- Lycée Louis Armand (Nogent-sur-Marne)
- Lycée Hector Berlioz (Vincennes)
- Lycée Edouard Branly (Nogent-sur-Marne)
- Lycée Paul Doumer (Le Perreux-sur-Marne)
- Lycée Évariste Galois (Noisy-le-Grand)
- Lycée Pablo Picasso (Fontenay-sous-Bois)
- Photographer Louis Daguerre died in Bry-sur-Marne in 1851 and a monument marks his grave there.
- Laurel Zuckerman, author
- Hervé Bazin, author
Bry's most treasured artwork is a diorama painted by Louis Daguerre. The painting changes as each day wears on, mimicking daylight and night-time; the painted candlesticks light up at night. It is kept in the local church.
- (French) Official town web page on the town's history
- (French) Official town web page on the coat of arms
- see reference note n°1
- "Les écoles." Bry-sur-Marne. Retrieved on September 3, 2016.
- "Collège Henri Cahn." Bry-sur-Marne. Retrieved on September 3, 2016.
- "Institut Saint Thomas de Villeneuve." Bry-sur-Marne. Retrieved on September 3, 2016.
- "Lycée Louis ARMAND." Bry-sur-Marne. Retrieved on September 3, 2016. The "Hôtel de Ville" is not the school address, but the address of the Bry-sur-Marne town hall.
- "Lycée Hector Berlioz." Bry-sur-Marne. Retrieved on September 3, 2016. The "Hôtel de Ville" is not the school address, but the address of the Bry-sur-Marne town hall.
- "Lycée Edouard Branly." Bry-sur-Marne. Retrieved on September 3, 2016.
- "Lycée Paul Doumer." Bry-sur-Marne. Retrieved on September 3, 2016.
- "Lycée Évarist Galois" [sic]. Bry-sur-Marne. Retrieved on September 3, 2016.
- "Lycée Pablo Picasso" [sic]. Bry-sur-Marne. Retrieved on September 3, 2016.
- (French) All about Daguerre's diorama
- (French) About the diorama on the town's website
- "Mentions légales." Institut national de l'audiovisuel. Retrieved on 5 May 2011. "Siège social et adresse postale : 4 avenue de l'Europe - 94366 Bry-sur-Marne cedex "
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