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La Roche-Guyon

La Roche-Guyon is a village located in the Val-d’Oise department in the Île-de-France region, in northern France.

Located about 70 km northwest of Paris, next to the River Seine, it is renowned for its Castle of La Roche-Guyon with buildings from the 12th to the 18th century.There is an assumption that already in the 3rd-4th centuries there was a Gallo-Roman villa on this site. The legend says that a certain Pience, the widow of the owner of the domain, met here St. Nicaise (Saint Nicaise) – the evangelizer of Vexen, who was a contemporary of Dionysius. At the place of this meeting, she later erected a sanctuary, which today serves as the western part of the nave of the castle chapel.
La Roche-Guyon is the only village in the Île-de-France region that is included in the list of the most beautiful small towns in France. It is located in the department of Val-d’Oise and is located almost on the very border with Normandy. La Roche-Guyonbecame a resort center in the 19th century and saw many celebrities from the arts and letters parade.

Access : Coordinates:49.0822, 1.6303 / La Roche-Guyon located  about 65 km north-west of Paris in  the Val-d’Oise department,in northern France.

Highlights :

  • In the castle complex, you can currently see fragments of earthen ramparts, a donjon of the 12th century, partially preserved elements of the medieval lower castle, rebuilt in the 18th century, the courtyard, and the remains of other structures.
  • La Roche-Guyon located in the Vexin regional nature park , The Vexin Regional Natural Park was established in 1995 in the Val d’Oise and Yvelines regions.
  • Top sights in La Roche-Guyon : The Church of Saint Samson, the construction of which was interrupted by the Hundred Years’ War and lasted from the beginning of the 15th to the middle of the 16th century. / La Roche-Guyon Town Hall / La Roche-Guyon Castle is the successor to a medieval castle that was built on a limestone cliff in the bend of the Seine above the town /  On one of the squares of the town in 1742, a fountain was installed, created by the architect Louis Villar.

Go next : Abbey of Maubuisson / House Museum of Alexandre Dumas Père (“Castle of Monte Cristo”)

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