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The town hall in Lisses
The town hall in Lisses
Lisses is located in France
Coordinates: 48°35′53″N 2°25′28″E / 48.5981°N 2.4244°E / 48.5981; 2.4244Coordinates: 48°35′53″N 2°25′28″E / 48.5981°N 2.4244°E / 48.5981; 2.4244
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Essonne
Arrondissement Évry
Canton Évry-Sud
Intercommunality Évry Centre Essonne
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Thierry Lafon
Area1 10.40 km2 (4.02 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 6,960
 • Density 670/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 91340 /91090
Elevation 38–89 m (125–292 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.

Lisses (French pronunciation: ​[lis]) is a commune in the Essonne department in Île-de-France in northern France.

One of the main landmarks of the town is the Dame du Lac, a man-made architectural climbing structure in the Parc du Lac (Park of the Lake), which is commonly used to practice parkour on, but is currently closed to the public, due to individuals injured while climbing the landmark.[1]

Origin of the city name[edit]

The name origin of this commune is not well known. One hypothesis is that Lisses is coming from the Latin Licia villa, as the initial village developed around the Lisses estate. Another hypothesis is that Lisses has German origins: Listja, meaning barrier. This commune was created in 1793 under its current name.

Twin city[edit]

Lisses is partnered with Aue-Fallstein in Germany.


The commune has three primary school groups (combined preschool and elementary school), Frédéric Mistral, Jean-Baptiste Corot, and Joachim du Bellay; as well as one junior high school, Collège Rosa Luxemburg.[2]

Lisses in art and culture[edit]

  • The name of this commune is used to identify a rest area on the A6 motorway.
  • Lisses was used to shoot Ariel Zeitoun's 2001 film Yamakasi (film), featuring the parkour group of the same name.
  • Lisses is the creation place of the "Parkour sport" created by David Belle in 1990

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Trip to Lisses 2007". Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  2. ^ "Les établissements scolaires." Lisses. Retrieved on September 3, 2016.

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