Sceaux, Hauts-de-Seine

Sceaux [ so ] is a French town in the département of Hauts -de -Seine to the Ile- de -France region, with 19,930 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2011).

The city is located ten kilometers south-west of Paris.

Sceaux is connected to a station of the RER line B transport to the public rail network in Greater Paris.


Sceaux is located ten kilometers southwest of Paris on a hill.

Neighboring municipalities are Fontenay -aux -Roses, Le Plessis -Robinson, Bourg -la -Reine and Antony.


Sceaux was first mentioned in 1203.


Parc de Sceaux

The castle of Sceaux was formerly the estate of Jean -Baptiste Colbert, minister of Louis XIV, and the Duchess of Maine. The main building of the old castle is not preserved, but worth seeing is the new palace, a building in neo- Louis XIII- forms of 1856, which now houses the Musée de l' Ile de France with exhibits on art, history and cultural history of region is to Paris from the Baroque to the present.

The long-range, 200 -acre park, created by landscape architect André Le Nôtre, is largely preserved in its overall composition and is one of the most beautiful parks in the metropolitan area of Paris. Built in the 1672, Claude Perrault attributed Pavillon d' Aurore shows in the middle dome of a ceiling painting by Charles Le Brun: Aurora, the dawn which precedes the sunrise, here is a reference to the hard-working minister Colbert, who tirelessly the sun, so the sun King Louis XIV zuarbeitet. Since 1932, is located in the park of Sceaux and the Pavillon de Hanovre, which had been built in 1757 by Jean -Michel Chevotet Duc de Richelieu on the Boulevard des Italiens in Paris. The baroque cascade of Sceaux is presented in a reconstruction of the 19th century with water-spouting masks by Auguste Rodin.

Part of the park

The Pavilion of Aurora

Pavillon de Hanovre

L' église Saint -Jean -Baptiste:

The church of Saint -Jean -Baptiste dates back to the 12th century, it has beautiful stained glass windows.

Marché du Centre

Also worth seeing is the market hall ' Marché du Centre ' from the year 1895.


  • Brühl Germany in North Rhine -Westphalia, Germany, since 1965
  • United Kingdom Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, United Kingdom, since 1969


The city is the seat of the famous school Lycée Lakanal. There are also preparatory classes for the grandes écoles of the French education system. Many famous French people went to school here, among them Jean Giraudoux, Frédéric Joliot- Curie, Maurice Allais and Alain- Fournier.

Personalities ( in chronological order )

  • Philippe de La Guêpière (1725-1773), especially in West Germany active architect
  • Augustin- Louis Cauchy (1889-1957), mathematician
  • Jean -Jacques Champin ( born September 7, 1796 in Sceaux, † February 25, 1860 in Paris), watercolor painter and lithographer
  • Alain Delon ( born 1935 ), actor and movie star
  • Marie- George Buffet ( born 1949 ), politician (PCF ) and a member of the French National Assembly