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Montfort l'Amaury

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Country  France
Department  Yvelines
Population (2006)  33,135
Area  5.71 km²
Arrondissement  Rambouillet
Region  Île-de-France
Canton  Montfort-l'Amaury
Time zone  CET (UTC+1)
Local time  Saturday 4:35 AM
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Weather  8°C, Wind SW at 23 km/h, 82% Humidity

Montfort-l'Amaury is a commune in the Yvelines department in the Île-de-France region in north-central France. It is located in the south-western suburbs of Paris 20 km (12 mi) north of Rambouillet. The name comes from Amaury I de Montfort, the first count of Montfort.

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Map of 78490 Montfort-l'Amaury, France

Geography

Montfort-l'Amaury lies north of the Rambouillet Forest. It is located at the foot of low hills, at about 130 m above sea level.

History

King Robert II built a castle in 996 in the hills of Montfort. Montfort-l'Amaury was the stronghold of the Montfort family from the start of the 11th century. Amaury I built the ramparts.

The Comté de Montfort was related to the Duchy of Brittany following the marriage of Yolande de Dreux-Montfort with Arthur of Brittany in 1294. It returned to the crown of France when Brittany became a part of France under Francis I. The castle was destroyed by the English during the Hundred Years' War.

Sites of interest

  • Ruins of the castle 48°46′36″N 1°48′16″E
  • Maison de Maurice Ravel, which is now a museum [1] . Maurice Ravel lived here from 1921 until his death.
  • Château de Groussay, built in the 19th century
  • People

  • Jean Anouilh, dramatist
  • Colette Darfeuil, actress
  • Henri George Doll, scientist
  • Jean Monnet, architect of European Unity
  • Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester (born in the castle, 1208)
  • Maurice Ravel, composer
  • Twin towns

  • Nickenich, Germany
  • References

    Montfort-l'Amaury Wikipedia


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