View of the towers© Communication Department - Montfort l’Amaury
On the Northern edge of the Rambouillet Forest, lies the town of Montfort l’Amaury situated amongst the ruins of its medieval castle.
Its architectural heritage reflects a thousand years of history. Anne de Bretagne, once the Queen of France, was responsible for its exceptional destiny.
In the shadow of its monuments, nestled between a plain and the forest, artists and writers dedicate this area to inspire inspiration.
Maurice Ravel, the French composer of impressionist music lived here up until his death in 1937 and whose house, "The Belvedere", has now been transformed into a museum.
Montfort l’Amaury with its history and culture, is now a popular tourist destination, especially for walkers and cyclists who visit throughout the year.
Centre-bourg vu du ciel© J.M. Thibault
Located just outside Paris, Amilly with its population of 12,200 is part of the urban district of Montargis, including 800 hectares of forestland. This natural region so close to the urban area has prompted the preservation and enhancement of the countryside, which offers the opportunity of hiking and biking in what is quite a remarkable natural setting.
Found in the heart of the town centre, is Saint Martins church, built in the sixteenth century which is now classified as a French historical monument.
The recent opening of the new library has contributed to Amilly’s cultural influence. Its also well known for good results in sports, particularly football and jujitsu as well as providing contemporary concerts and art exhibitions.
Showing its openness to Europe, Amilly is twinned with the towns of Nordwalde in Germany, Vilanova del Cami in Spain and Calcinaia in Italy. To celebrate this, a Day of Europe is held every summer in July.