Milly-la-Forêt (French pronunciation: [miji la fɔʁɛ] (audio speaker iconlisten)) is a commune in the Essonne department in Île-de-France in northern France.

The town hall in Milly-la-Forêt
The town hall in Milly-la-Forêt
Coat of arms of Milly-la-Forêt
Location of Milly-la-Forêt
Milly-la-Forêt is located in France
Milly-la-Forêt is located in Île-de-France (region)
Coordinates: 48°24′18″N 2°28′04″E / 48.4050°N 2.4678°E / 48.4050; 2.4678Coordinates: 48°24′18″N 2°28′04″E / 48.4050°N 2.4678°E / 48.4050; 2.4678
IntercommunalityCC des 2 Vallées
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Patrice Sainsard
33.80 km2 (13.05 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2018)[1]
 • Density140/km2 (350/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
91405 /91490
Elevation60–135 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.


The Forest of Fontainebleau in the western end of which Milly-la-Forêt lies, is composed of the Oligocene Fontainebleau sands, which are a marine deposit, laid down in an intertidal zone.


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.

The villageEdit

The market hall

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.



Chapelle Saint-Blaise-des-Simples
  • 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

Twin townsEdit

Milly-la-Forêt is twinned with the German town of Morsbach, situated in the valley of the Sieg to the east of Cologne and with Forest Row in East Sussex, England.

Famous peopleEdit

Many popular characters are born, died or lived in Milly-la-Forêt:


  1. ^ "Populations légales 2018". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 28 December 2020.
  • Dercourt, J. Géologie et Géodynamique de la France Outre-mer et Européenne 3rd edition (2002) ISBN 2-10-006459-2
  • Anon Carte géologique de la France à l'échelle du millionème 6th edition (2003) ISBN 2-7159-2158-6

External linksEdit

All these links are in French (except for the second link which offers English, Spanish, German and French).