Vélizy-Villacoublay

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Vélizy-Villacoublay
The church of Saint-Denis, in Vélizy-Villacoublay
The church of Saint-Denis, in Vélizy-Villacoublay
Coat of arms of Vélizy-Villacoublay
Coat of arms
Location of Vélizy-Villacoublay
Vélizy-Villacoublay is located in France
Vélizy-Villacoublay
Vélizy-Villacoublay
Vélizy-Villacoublay is located in Île-de-France (region)
Vélizy-Villacoublay
Vélizy-Villacoublay
Coordinates: 48°47′00″N 2°11′00″E / 48.7834°N 2.1834°E / 48.7834; 2.1834Coordinates: 48°47′00″N 2°11′00″E / 48.7834°N 2.1834°E / 48.7834; 2.1834
CountryFrance
RegionÎle-de-France
DepartmentYvelines
ArrondissementVersailles
CantonVersailles-2
IntercommunalityCA Versailles Grand Parc
Government
 • MayorPascal Thévenot
Area
1
9.09 km2 (3.51 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
21,735
 • Density2,400/km2 (6,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
78640 /78140
Elevation102–179 m (335–587 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Vélizy-Villacoublay is a commune in the Yvelines department in the Île-de-France in north-central France. It is located in the south-western suburbs of Paris 13.9 km (8.6 mi) from the center and 3.2 km (2.0 mi) east of Versailles. Its inhabitants are called Véliziens.

Geography[edit]

Established on the Parisian plateau, the town of Vélizy-Villacoublay borders Meudon in the north-east, Clamart in the east, Bièvres in the south-east, Viroflay in the north-west, and Chaville in the north.

Vélizy-Villacoublay is a very urbanized town bordering the Meudon forest, which spans over 300 hectares (741 acres) of communal land.

There are six districts: Mozart, le Clos, le Mail, Louvois, la Pointe Ouest et Vélizy-le-Bas (with l'Ursine and le Bocage).

History[edit]

The word "Vélizy" comes from the Latin word villa. "Villacoublay" is formed from the same word, combined with the Gallo-Roman patronym "Escoblenus". Originally called simply Vélizy, the name of the commune became officially Vélizy-Villacoublay in 1938.

The territory was formed from three distinct manors: Vélizy, Villacoublay, and Ursine, established in the 11th century; the domains were progressively annexed into the royal estate beginning in the 12th century (Vélizy was annexed at the end of the 13th century).

The airbase in Villacoublay, Vélizy – Villacoublay Air Base, was built in 1911. In 1974 the Vélizy 2 shopping mall was opened.

The body of Diana, Princess of Wales was flown to RAF Northolt, west London, from here after her death in Paris on August 31, 1997.[2]

Main sights[edit]

  • The Saint-Denis church
  • The Saint-Jean-Baptiste church, in modern style.
  • The barracks of the Compagnies Républicaines de Sécurité (CRS).
  • l'Onde Cultural Center, finished in December 2000 and designed by the architect Claude Vasconi, which is composed of one hall with 670 seats, a multidisciplinary room of 200 seats, two large dance halls, an orchestra room, 12 studios, 4 classrooms, a recording room, and a percussion room.
Town hall

Transport[edit]

Vélizy-Villacoublay is served by no station of the Paris Métro, RER, or suburban rail network; the closest station to Vélizy-Villacoublay is Chaville–Vélizy station on Paris RER line C. This station is located in the neighboring commune of Viroflay, 1.7 km (1.1 mi) from the town center of Vélizy-Villacoublay. Starting 2014, Vélizy-Villacoublay is served by a tramway line (line T6) with 7 stations.

The town is also serviced by the A86 autoroute, the 118 national route (RN118), and the RN286.

  • Two-leveled tunnel under construction between Rueil-Malmaison and Vélizy-Villacoublay (a section of the A86)
  • Covering of the A86
  • The Veolia Transport bus line (Connex), of the RATP,

Economy[edit]

Education[edit]

Twin towns[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Walford, Charles (26 January 2012). "Historic RAF airfield used by the Queen 'to be sold to property developers in latest cuts plan'". Daily Mail. London.

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