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Montceaux-lès-Meaux is located in France
Coordinates: 48°56′28″N 2°59′08″E / 48.9412°N 2.9855°E / 48.9412; 2.9855Coordinates: 48°56′28″N 2°59′08″E / 48.9412°N 2.9855°E / 48.9412; 2.9855
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Seine-et-Marne
Arrondissement Meaux
Canton La Ferté-sous-Jouarre
Intercommunality Pays de Meaux
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Monique Lambinet
Area1 4.72 km2 (1.82 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 618
 • Density 130/km2 (340/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 77300 /77470
Elevation 86–172 m (282–564 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.

Montceaux-lès-Meaux is a commune in the Seine-et-Marne department in the Île-de-France region in north-central France.

Château de Montceaux[edit]

Ruins of the château

Montceaux is known for the former château, which Henri II gave to Catherine de' Medici in 1556, was her earliest building project. The building consisted of a central pavilion housing a straight staircase, and two wings with a pavilion at each end. Catherine wanted to cover the alley in the garden where Henry played pall-mall, an early form of croquet. For this commission, Philibert de l'Orme built her a grotto set on a base made to look like natural rock, from which guests could watch the games while taking refreshments. The work was completed in 1558 but has not survived.[1] Given by Henri IV to Marie de' Medici, the château ceased to be used as a royal residence after 1640, and had fallen into ruin by the time it was demolished by revolutionary decree in 1798.[2] Some ruins remain, a chapel and the buildings of the forecourt, transformed into private dwellings; parts of the east wing are farm buildings.[3]

The château is listed as a Monument historique since 2005 by the French Ministry of Culture.[4]


Inhabitants are called Monticellois.

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