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Conches-sur-Gondoire

Conches-sur-Gondoire
Conches-sur-Gondoire is located in France
Conches-sur-Gondoire
Conches-sur-Gondoire
Coordinates:
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Seine-et-Marne
Arrondissement Torcy
Canton Thorigny-sur-Marne
Intercommunality Marne et Gondoire
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) René Crestey
Area1 1.52 km2 (0.59 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 1,745
 • Density 1,100/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 77124 / 77600
Elevation 69–111 m (226–364 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Conches-sur-Gondoire (pronounced: ) is a commune on the Gondoire river in Brie, in the Seine-et-Marne department in the Île-de-France region in north-central France. It is roughly 13 miles (21 km) from Paris.

Its remarkable sights include a monastery church of the 12th century, and a Second Empire castle.

Until 1993, Conches-sur-Gondoire was simply called Conches. The name of the river was added to distinguish it from Conches-en-Ouche in Normandy (Eure county).

History

During the middle-ages, Conches-sur-Gondoire consisted of a monastery located on the top of a slope, but during the so-called "Wars of Religion" of the 16th century, the closter and the conventual buildings were destroyed by a troop of Protestant soldiers. Nowadays remain the church (13th century), a Gothic cellar with column and capital, a square pond faced with stones, tombs and peasant cottages. The valley meadows and fields have not been approved for development.

During the Second Empire, 19th century, the castle of Conches was built near the church. It is surrounded by a 32-acre (130,000 m2) park with a round pool and high trees (sequoias, cedars, plane trees). In Conches-sur-Gondoire, one of the remaining houses of the monastery belongs to French painter Maurice Boitel, who made numerous pictures in this village during the second half of the 20th century. During the sixties, his house was the

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