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Château de Rambouillet
Coat of arms of Rambouillet
Location of Rambouillet
Rambouillet is located in France
Rambouillet is located in Île-de-France (region)
Coordinates: 48°38′40″N 1°49′51″E / 48.6444°N 01.8308°E / 48.6444; 01.8308Coordinates: 48°38′40″N 1°49′51″E / 48.6444°N 01.8308°E / 48.6444; 01.8308
IntercommunalityCA Rambouillet Territoires
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Véronique Matillon[1]
35.19 km2 (13.59 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2019)[2]
 • Density770/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
78517 /78120
Elevation142–177 m (466–581 ft)
(avg. 142 m or 466 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Rambouillet (UK: /rɒ̃ˈbj/, US: /ˌrɒmbˈj/,[3][4] French: [ʁɑ̃bujɛ] (listen)) is a subprefecture of the Yvelines department in the Île-de-France region of France. It is located beyond the outskirts of Paris, 44.3 km (27.5 mi) southwest of its centre. In 2018, the commune had a population of 26,933.

Rambouillet lies on the edge of the vast Forest of Rambouillet (Forêt de Rambouillet or Forêt de l'Yveline); it is famous for its historical castle, the Château de Rambouillet, which hosted several international summits. Due to its proximity to Paris and Versailles, Rambouillet has long been an occasional seat of government.


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1793 3,105—    
1800 2,657−2.20%
1806 2,597−0.38%
1821 2,949+0.85%
1831 3,147+0.65%
1836 3,006−0.91%
1841 3,835+4.99%
1846 4,089+1.29%
1851 4,130+0.20%
1856 4,363+1.10%
1861 4,258−0.49%
1866 3,971−1.39%
1872 4,725+2.94%
1876 4,750+0.13%
1881 5,186+1.77%
1886 5,633+1.67%
1891 5,897+0.92%
1896 6,090+0.65%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1901 6,176+0.28%
1906 6,165−0.04%
1911 6,484+1.01%
1921 6,223−0.41%
1926 6,720+1.55%
1931 7,001+0.82%
1936 7,267+0.75%
1946 7,446+0.24%
1954 8,923+2.29%
1962 11,387+3.09%
1968 14,505+4.12%
1975 18,941+3.89%
1982 21,438+1.78%
1990 24,343+1.60%
1999 24,758+0.19%
2007 26,157+0.69%
2012 25,833−0.25%
2017 26,736+0.69%
Source: EHESS[5] and INSEE (1968-2017)[6]


Rambouillet is served by the SNCF Rambouillet railway station on the Transilien Line N suburban rail line, and on the regional line to Chartres and Le Mans.


  • The Château de Rambouillet, a former medieval fortress, was acquired by Louis XVI of France in 1783 as a private residence because of its ideal situation in the game-rich forest of Rambouillet. It became a bien national during the French Revolution of 1789, and one of the imperial residences of Napoléon I during the First French Empire. At the time of the Bourbon Restoration, the castle became royal residence, and it is there that Charles X signed his abdication on 2 August 1830. Sometimes neglected at times of political unrest, the château de Rambouillet became the official summer residence of the French President of the Republic after President Félix Faure chose it as summer residence for himself and his family in 1896; Rambouillet thus became the official summer residence of the Presidents of the Third Republic and has retained its position ever since.[7]
  • The Palais du Roi de Rome. In 1784, on a parcel adjacent to the gardens of the castle, Louis XVI had ordered the construction of the Hôtel du Gouvernement, which was restored during the reign of Napoléon I, and renamed Palais du Roi de Rome as the official Rambouillet residence of Napoleon's infant son. Its entrance is situated in the rue Charles de Gaulle, Rambouillet's main street.
  • The Hôtel de Ville, the former Bailliage (Bailiwicks building) was built in 1786 at the request of Louis XVI by the architect Jacques-Jean Thévenin. It was given by Napoléon I to the inhabitants of Rambouillet to serve as their City Hall. The inscription over the doors of the City Hall reads "Donated to the inhabitants of Rambouillet by Napoleon the Great, [in the] Year 1809".
  • The new Saint-Lubin church was built between 1868 and 1871. Its architect was Anatole de Baudot, a student of Eugène Viollet-le-Duc.
  • The Bergerie nationale was built on the grounds of the Domain of Rambouillet at the request of Louis XVI, and is the home of the Rambouillet Merino sheep since 1786.[8]
  • The Laiterie de la Reine, the Queen's Dairy also built on the grounds of the Domain of Rambouillet, is adjacent to the Bergerie. It was built in 1787 at the request of Louis XVI for his wife Marie Antoinette and designed by the architect Jean-Jacques Thévenin.[9]
  • The Chaumière des coquillages, a thatched-roof cottage with its marble interior decorated with shells and mother of pearl, was built in 1779–1780 in the English garden of the Domain of Rambouillet by Claude-Martin Goupy, the architect of the duc de Penthièvre, for the princesse de Lamballe, Penthièvre's widowed daughter-in-law.
  • The Musée Rambolitrain, situated across from the Saint-Lubin church, is a museum featuring miniature trains.[10] We find a faithful reconstruction of a Parisian toy store of the 1930s.[11]
  • The Monument Américain (The American Eagle Monument), is situated at the south entrance of the town on the D 906 road to Chartres, at the site of two ambushes in which seven American soldiers were killed, on 16 August 1944. The monument was erected in 1947. It bears the inscription: "À la mémoire des soldats américains tombés pour la libération de notre région en août 1944", "In memory of the American soldiers fallen for the liberation of our region in August 1944". The names of nine American soldiers are inscribed on a plaque on the monument. Commemorative ceremonies are held at the monument every 19 August.[12][13]
The church in Rambouillet

Notable people[edit]

who were born in Rambouillet
who lived in Rambouillet
  • Vincent Maes actual student in bascan
who died in Rambouillet
  • François Ier, king of France, died in castle in 1547
  • Louis-Alexandre de Bourbon, comte de Toulouse, son of Louis XIV and father of the duc de Penthièvre, died in castle in 1737
  • Maria Teresa d'Este, wife of the duc de Penthièvre, died in childbirth in castle in 1754
  • Germaine Coty, née Corblet, wife of French president René Coty, died at the château de Rambouillet on 12 November 1955
  • Georges Wilson, French film and television actor and director, died at the Rambouillet hospital on 3 February 2010.


Schools in the commune include:

  • Eight pre-schools (écoles maternelles): Arbouville, Bel-Air, Clairbois, du Centre, Les Jardins, la Gommerie, de La Louvière, and La Ruche[14]
  • Seven elementary schools: Arbouville, Clairbois, Gambetta, La Louvière, La Prairie, Saint Hubert, and Vieil Orme[15]
  • Three junior high schools: Collège Catherine de Vivonne, Collège Le Racinay, and Collège Le Rondeau[16]
  • Lycée Louis Bascan, a public senior high school/sixth-form college[17]

Private schools include:


International relations[edit]

Rambouillet is twinned with:[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires". data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.
  3. ^ Wells, John C. (2008). Longman Pronunciation Dictionary (3rd ed.). Longman. ISBN 978-1-4058-8118-0.
  4. ^ Jones, Daniel (2011). Roach, Peter; Setter, Jane; Esling, John (eds.). Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary (18th ed.). Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-15255-6.
  5. ^ Des villages de Cassini aux communes d'aujourd'hui: Commune data sheet Rambouillet, EHESS. (in French)
  6. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE
  7. ^ G. Lenotre, Le château de Rambouillet : six siècles d'histoire, Éditions Calmann-Lévy, collection « Châteaux : décors de l'histoire », Paris, 1930.
  8. ^ "DEUX SIÈCLES D'HISTOIRE A LA BERGERIE NATIONALE" (in French). Archived from the original on 2002-12-09.
  9. ^ "Centre des monuments nationaux". Chaumiere-laiterie-rambouillet.monuments-nationaux.fr. Retrieved 2015-07-17.
  10. ^ "Le musée Rambolitrain" (in French). Ramboliweb.com. Retrieved 2015-07-17.
  11. ^ "Mairie de Rambouillet - Musée Rambolitrain : informations générales" (in French). Rambouillet.fr. Retrieved 2015-07-17.
  12. ^ [1] Archived July 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Françoise Winieska, Août 1944, la Libération de Rambouillet, France, Société Historique et Archéologique de Rambouillet et de l'Yveline (SHARY), Rambouillet, 1999, ISBN 2-9514047-0-0, English version by author under the title August 1944, the Liberation of Rambouillet, France, published by SHARY under same cover, ISBN 2-9514047-0-0.
  14. ^ "Les écoles maternelles." Rambouillet. Retrieved on September 4, 2016.
  15. ^ "Les écoles élémentaires." Rambouillet. Retrieved on September 4, 2016.
  16. ^ a b c "Les Collèges à Rambouillet." Rambouillet. Retrieved on September 4, 2016.
  17. ^ a b "Les Lycées à Rambouillet." Rambouillet. Retrieved on September 4, 2016.
  18. ^ a b "Les écoles privées." Rambouillet. Retrieved on September 4, 2016.
  19. ^ "Jumelages". rambouillet.fr (in French). Rambouillet. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  20. ^ Hickey, Daniel (December 17, 2019). "French town and tourism stalwart receive freedom on Great Yarmouth borough". Great Yarmouth Mercury.

External links[edit]

  • Official website (in French)