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Montfort-l'Amaury

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.

Montfort-l'Amaury
Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Montfort-l'Amaury
Coat of arms
Location of Montfort-l'Amaury
Montfort-l'Amaury is located in France
Montfort-l'Amaury
Montfort-l'Amaury
Montfort-l'Amaury is located in Île-de-France (region)
Montfort-l'Amaury
Montfort-l'Amaury
Coordinates: 48°46′40″N 1°48′36″E / 48.7778°N 1.81°E / 48.7778; 1.81Coordinates: 48°46′40″N 1°48′36″E / 48.7778°N 1.81°E / 48.7778; 1.81
CountryFrance
RegionÎle-de-France
DepartmentYvelines
ArrondissementRambouillet
CantonAubergenville
Government
 • Mayor (2008–14) Hervé Planchenault
Area
1
5.71 km2 (2.20 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
3,026
 • Density530/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
78420 /78490
Elevation98–183 m (322–600 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

GeographyEdit

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.

HistoryEdit

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 interestEdit

 
The ruins of the donjon, above the house of Maurice Ravel
 
Maurice Ravel's house in Montfort-l'Amaury, where the composer lived from 1921 until his death

PeopleEdit

Twin townsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Obituary: Ambroise Roux". The Independent. 9 April 1999. Retrieved 16 April 2017.

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