sceaux, france 2.2011/6.2009

(in or near to the Parc de Sceaux)

Sceaux is a commune in the southern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 9.7 km from the center of Paris.
Sceaux is famous for the Château of Sceaux, set in its large park (Parc départemental de Sceaux), designed by André Le Nôtre, measuring 2 km2. The original château, demolished during the Revolution, was built by Jean-Baptiste Colbert, the minister of finance to Louis XIV and purchased by Louis' illegitimate son, the duke of Maine in 1699. His duchesse held court in a glittering salon at Sceaux in the first decades of the eighteenth century.
The present château was rebuilt 1856-62 in a Louis XIII style and is now the museum of Île-de-France.
Sceaux is listed as the 44th richest city of France.
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