Sceaux is a commune in the southern suburbs of
is located 9.7 km (6 miles) from the center of Paris
famous for the Château of Sceaux, set in its large park (Parc départemental de
Sceaux), designed by André
Le Nôtre, measuring .
The original château
demolished during the Revolution
was built by Jean-Baptiste
, the minister of finance to Louis XIV
and purchased by Louis'
illegitimate son, the duke of Maine
1699. His duchesse held court in a glittering salon
at Sceaux in the first decades of
the eighteenth century.
The present château, rebuilt 1856-62 in a Louis XIII style
, is now the museum of
Ile de France
open for visits.
Sceaux is a very pretty city, especially downtown with its main
pedestrian full of luxury shops such as bakeries, bookstores and
chocolate sellers. This street is rue Houdan.
Housing costs are extremely high, higher than in many districts of
Paris, especially with streets facing the Parc de Sceaux
in the Quartier des musiciens
and the west side of the
Quartier des Blagis
Sceaux is listed as the 44th richest city of France.
served by three stations on Paris RER line B:
Sceaux, Robinson, and Parc de
Sceaux (this last station is located at the border between
the commune of Sceaux and the commune of Antony, on the Antony side of the
Sceaux is connected to the A86
motorway that circles around Paris. The commune also offers a
developed network of buses
which are often
used by the Scéens
(name given to the people who live in
hosts two public high schools, the lycée Marie Curie (enrollment
2,000) and the lycée
Lakanal (enrollment 3,000).
The lycée Lakanal was
named after a French politician, and an original member of the
Institut de France, Joseph Lakanal
and has remained one of the most prestigious and hardest schools of
Île-de-France. The school also offers a middle school
and highly ranked "classes
" undergraduate training. Famous French scientists and writers
have graduated from lycée Lakanal, such as Jean
Giraudoux, Alain-Fournier and
The Faculté Jean Monnet, the college of
Law and Management of University
(Orsay), is also located in Sceaux.
The boarding academy Kadic
Junior High School
based on the lycée Lakanal.
Sceaux is home to one theater, the théâtre des Gémeaux, located in
the quartier des Blagis which is part of the "Scène Nationale"
network of the major theaters in France. The théâtre des
Gémeaux attracts viewers from all Ile de
France and Paris.
The commune also has a small movie theater, the Trianon, where
international movies are released in their respective language and
subtitled in French. The theater is also famous for showing
special events. In 2006, a debate revolving around ecology
was organized and Al
's An Inconvenient
Sceaux has also been a place where various music events have taken
place. In August 1987, Madonna
performed at Parc de Sceaux
her "Who's That Girl Tour
" to a
crowd of 130 000. Famous-French-rockstar Johnny Halliday
also gave a concert there on