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La Roche-Guyon

La Roche-Guyon
La Roche-Guyon, the castle and the keep
La Roche-Guyon, the castle and the keep
Coat of arms of La Roche-Guyon
Coat of arms
La Roche-Guyon is located in France
La Roche-Guyon
Coordinates:
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Val-d'Oise
Arrondissement Pontoise
Canton Magny-en-Vexin
Intercommunality Vexin Val de Seine
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Alain Quenneville
Area1 4.61 km2 (1.78 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 533
 • Density 120/km2 (300/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 95523 / 95780
Elevation 13–143 m (43–469 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.

La Roche-Guyon is a commune in the Val-d'Oise department in Île-de-France in northern France.

The commune grew around the Château de La Roche-Guyon, upon which historically it depended for its existence. The commune's population in 1999 was 550.

Contents

  • Château de La Roche-Guyon 1
  • Points of interest 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Château de La Roche-Guyon

Château de La Roche-Guyon, with the donjon (keep) on the hill behind

The present Château de La Roche-Guyon[1] was built in the 12th century, controlling a river crossing of the Seine, itself one of the routes to and from Normandy;[2] The Abbé Suger described its grim aspect: "At the summit of a steep promontory, dominating the bank of the great river Seine, rises a frightful castle without title to nobility, called La Roche. Invisible on the surface, it is hollowed out of a high cliff. The able hand of the builder has established in the mountainside, digging into the rock, an ample dwelling provided with a few miserable openings".[3] In the mid-13th century, a fortified manor house (the château-bas) was added below. Guy de La Roche fell at the Battle of Agincourt, and his widow was ousted from the Roche, after six months of siege, in 1419; she preferred to depart rather than accept Henry Plantagenet as her overlord. It came to the Liancourt family with the marriage of Roger de Plessis-Liancourt to the heiress Marie de La Roche; he was a childhood companion of Louis XIII, first gentleman of the Chambre du Roi, and was made a duke in 1643. He and his wife made great changes to the château-bas, opening windows in its structure and laying out the terrace to the east, partly cut into the mountain's steep slope.

The domain of La Roche-Guyon came to the La Rochefoucauld family in 1669, with the marriage of Jeanne-Charlotte de Plessis-Liancourt with François VII de La Rochefoucauld. The Château retained its medieval aspect of a fortress, with its moat and towers and cramped, dark living apartments. The Château was largely extended in the 18th century.

When Turgot, the minister of Louis XVI, failed in his schemes for fundamental reforms in 1776, he retired to the Château briefly, as the guest of Louise Elisabeth Nicole de La Rochefoucauld, Duchesse d'Enville.

La Roche Guyon was the birthplace of François Alexandre Frédéric, duc de la Rochefoucauld-Liancourt (1747–1827).

The castle was used as a setting for the medieval segment of a famous Franco-Belgian graphic novel on time travel: Le Piège diabolique (The Diabolical Trap) of the Blake and Mortimer series by Edgar Pierre Jacobs.

After D-Day, German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (1891–1944) defended Normandy against the Allies in World War II from a bunker located here. The castle also was Rommel's headquarters.

Restorations and archaeological surveys undertaken after 1990 by the Conservatoire régional des Monuments historiques revealed new additions to the documentary history of La Roche-Guyon, undertaken in the 19th century by Hippolyte Alexandre and Emile Rousse.

At the beginning of 1960, French technocrats had the idea for a new administrative capital, to replace Paris as capital with a French "Brasilia" built near La Roche-Guyon and to transform the commune into a "Monaco on the Seine". At the beginning of 1960 there was an architectural design competition for the Project, in which the architects Albert Laprade and Jean Brasilier participated.

Points of interest

La Roche-Guyon seen from the top of the donjon

See also

References

  • INSEE
  • Association of Mayors of the Val d’Oise (French)
  1. ^ Its early seigneurs, vassals of the comtes de Meulan, traditionally bore the name Guy; La Roche-Guyon signifies the "Rock of Guy"
  2. ^ A 9th-century document leads historians to believe that the site was already fortified as part of the defences against Viking marauders who used the Seine as a pathway upriver to Paris (Le Ménestrel du Vexin).
  3. ^ Suger, Vie de Louis VI, "Au sommet d'un promontoire abrupt, dominant la rive du grand fleuve de Seine, se dresse un château affreux et sans noblesse appelé La Roche. Invisible à sa surface, il se trouve creusé dans une haute roche. L'habile main du constructeur a ménagé sur le penchant de la montagne, en taillant dans la roche, une ample demeure pourvue d'ouvertures rares et misérables."
  • " La duchesse d'Enville à la Roche-Guyon"
  • History of the castle of the Roche Guyon (French)
  • Association of Mayors of the Val d'Oise (French)
  • INSEE commune file

External links

  • Official website (French)
  • Château de la Roche-Guyon: Official website (French)
  • Mérimée database - Cultural heritage (French)
  • Land use (IAURIF) (English)
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