Chaville is a French town with 18,852 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2011 ) southwest of Paris. It is 12 km from Paris city center and six kilometers from the Palace of Versailles.

Communities in the vicinity

  • Meudon
  • Sèvres
  • Velizy -Villacoublay
  • Versailles
  • Viroflay
  • Ville d'Avray

Approx. 44% of the place is covered with forest and forms a large park, the area of ​​which is shared with the community Meudon.


The origins of Chaville go back to the 9th century. To 829 the bishop of Paris Inchadus built a country house to take care of there patients in a hospice. Gradually, the houses clustered around the estate of the bishop and formed a hamlet. One spoke of the name " Inchadivilla ", resulting in successively " Chadivilla ", then " Cativilla " and finally Chaville developed.

The village, originally located in the area of the Adam pond, has grown over the centuries around the Church Notre -Dame and the Letellier castle, buildings that have now disappeared. The goal of this pond, which connected Chaville with the Castle Park, remained as the only remnant of the circular wall of the park. The Letellier family has the history of the city 1596-1695 played a major role. As a reminder of this era the church mid-19th century took over the crest of this famous family as a coat of arms. Michel Letellier and his son Louvois, both ministers under Louis XIV, Chaville actually gave a special aura, which still increased with the construction of major road (La grande route ) in 1686. This road, which connected Paris to the Palace of Versailles gave Chaville effective new vigor and new creativity. The products of agriculture, breeding and the handicrafts found new markets. New activities were hanging off the road (eg, country inns, Horse Racing, Farriers ). The high road has the citizens of Chaville ( Chavillois ) allows to participate in major national events:

  • The revolutionary march of the Parisians to Versailles and the return of the royal family to Paris on 5 and 6 October 1789
  • The occupation of Paris by the Prussians 1870/71,
  • The passage of the second Panzer division of Americans for the liberation of the capital of the German occupation on 24 August 1944.

In the 19th century Chaville has seen its population grow ( of about 530 inhabitants in 1791 until 3600 Chavillois 1900). Today there are about 18,200 inhabitants. Little by little, the city center has shifted to the Grande Route, which today bears the name Avenue Roger Salengro. A certain number of buildings such as the Town Hall ( since 1909 on the site of the current city hall located ), the church or the market have settled along this axis, which also served development pillar of the Petit Viroflay district, Bas Chaville, Doisu and the tip of Chaville has. Some industries, such as breweries, tanneries, lime kilns and mainly limestone mines have taken a special recovery. In most cities in the south and west of Paris, however, put the laundry the most common activity dar. This craft enterprises have settled along the Rû de Marivel, which supplied them with water and wash-houses served as a drain. These farms have mainly spread in the district of Doisu. By 1900, one third of them was busy trying to wash the clothes of the capital, drying and ironing. The construction of three railroad tracks between 1840 and the beginning of the 20th century, connecting Paris and Versailles, had an impact on the habits of Chavillois. The good transport links from Chaville favored Sunday tourism of many Parisians, who were walking in the woods of Meudon or Fausses reposes, and fished in the Ursine ponds, the cancer ponds or in the breeze Me ponds, and and in the restaurants, cafes recovered in the garden economies.

Its forests gave Chaville a special reputation. In the 50s the forest and the lily of the valley by the hit " Tout çà parc ' qu'au bois de Chaville " by Pierre Destailles have become famous. At each May 1 found from 1956 to 1968, the Lily of the Valley festivals over weeks instead and attracted many onlookers. The visitors were able to meet many stars such as Jean Carmet or Annie Cordy, the relocation of the flower-decked cars, led by the Lily of the Valley Queen, see or at various events taking place (eg fashion shows, motocross racing, bull fights, football games or wrestling matches ).

During the 20th century, some industries and service companies have settled in Chaville. The climb to market participants through prices and shares of sectors ( " Parc- Fourchon - settlement " ) is consolidated. Atypical villas, neo-classical architectural styles, pavilions in the style of the 30's and workers' houses sprang up.

Today, the location of the pavilions played at the end of the territory, the "green legacy" of the city (the 156 ha legacies of the royal hunt, the green spaces and private gardens ) as well as numerous cultural institutions ( the Attrium, the Conservatory of Fine Arts ) for charm and to broadcast in Chaville.


From Chaville There are bus services to Versailles ( 171), Velizy-Villacoublay and Pont de Sevres, where interchanges is to the Metro Line 9. In addition Chaville has three railway stations:

  • Chaville Rive Droite - Operated by local transport line Transilien Paris - Saint- Lazare
  • Chaville Rive Gauche - Operated by local transport line Transilien Paris - Montparnasse
  • Chaville - Velizy - Operated by RER C

Station Chaville - Velizy



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