|Intercommunality||CC des 2 Vallées|
|• Mayor (2020–2026)||Patrice Sainsard|
|33.80 km2 (13.05 sq mi)|
|• Density||140/km2 (350/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||60–135 m (197–443 ft)|
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
Milly-la-Forêt is the probable birthplace of Wulfram of Sens, Saint Wulfram; in about 640.
Origin of the place nameEdit
The first name of this domaine was called Maurillac in Gaul, Mauriliaco on a Merovingien coin, became Maureliacum, Melliacum in 667, Milliacum in Latin. The place name Milly is relatively current; it refers to an antic presence of a villa rustica owned during the Gallo-Romaine era by a certain Milius or Emilius. Hereby, the name was imported in 1080 by the knight Adam de Milly, originally from Milly-en-Beauvaisis and first lord of the place. But a charter dated from 651 mentioned already the name Melliacus. In the 13th century more accuracy was added to the place, Miliacum in Gastineto in 1267, which gave the name Milly-en-Gâtinais without being official. Upon a request from the municipal council and by a statutory order from 6 February 1948, the name was replaced by Milly-la-Forêt, considered at that time as the most touristic place and to differentiate it from its homonym Milly in Normandy.
Milly contains several facilities: such as the Collège Jean Rostand, the Conservatoire des Deux Vallées, a gymnasium and sports ground complex, a multimedia library, a swimming pool, a bus station, dealers in craft products and so on. There is a market every Thursday in the very impressive late medieval market hall, built in 1479.
The yearly calendar includes attic-clearing sales; at the opening of the summer holiday period, the town celebrates la Saint-Pierre, a fair is organised and there are several fairground rides and other attractions, as well as cultural stands for the sale of specialist food and craft products.
- Milly produces many culinary and medicinal herbs. The firm of Daregal is a world leader and began in 1887 under the leadership of the Darbonne family who still run the enterprise.
- The Conservatoire National des Plantes à Parfum, Médicinales, Aromatiques et Industrielles is a botanical garden situated in a former farm.
- Christian Dior and Jean Cocteau have made their homes here. Cocteau died in 1963.
Towards the end of the 1950s Jean Cocteau decorated the chapelle Saint-Blaise, which dates from the twelfth century. His theme was those medicinal and culinary herbs on which the renown of Milly rests. He is now buried in the chapel.
- Le Cyclop, a monumental sculpture in the forest of Milly-la-Forêt, constructed by Jean Tinguely in collaboration with Niki de Saint Phalle
- the 15th century covered market
Many popular characters are born, died or lived in Milly-la-Forêt:
- Dagobert I (v.602–638 or 639), King of the Francs was sacred at Milly.
- Wulfram of Sens (647–703), archbishop of Sens and Saint was born there.
- Louis IX (1214–1270), King of France lived there
- Hugues II de Bouville (1240–1304), chamberlain of Philip the Fair and lord of Bouville.
- Hugues III de Bouville (1275–1331), his son, chamberlain of Philip the Fair who owned the castle.
- Olivier V de Clisson (1336–1407), owner of the castle of Milly.
- Charles VI (1368–1422), King of France lived there.
- Louis XI (1423–1483), King of France lived there.
- Henri IV (1553–1610), King of France lived there.
- Jacques Nicolas Bellavène (1770–1826), General of division he did there.
- Napoléon Bonaparte (1769–1821), Emperor of French lived there.
- Jean Cocteau (1889–1963), poet and graphist he lived and died there.
- Christian Dior (1905–1957), dressmaker, he lived there.
- Jean Marais (1913–1998), actor, he lived there.
- Jean Tinguely (1925–1991), artist, worked there.
- Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio (1940– ), writer and awarded from the Nobel Prize in Literature, lived there.
- "Populations légales 2018". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 28 December 2020.
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