Welcome to “Montmorency”
Welcome to “Montmorency”-The city of “Jean-Jacques Rousseau”
The town of Montmorency stands on top of a hill on the edge of a forest, situated in the suburbs of the French capital, 15.3 km (9.5mi) from the center of Paris. Its countryside setting, peaceful atmosphere and beautiful houses make it a restful destination for Parisians looking for a calm place.
Montmorency was the fief of the Montmorency family, one of the oldest and most distinguished families of the French nobility.
One of the key sight in the town is the Flamboyant Gothic Saint-Martin collegiate church with its magnificent stained-glass windows, built in the 16th century.
Another important site is the Jean-Jacques Rousseau museum, which occupies the house where the famous philosopher and writer lived from 1757 to 1762. It recreates Rousseau's living environment through documents, manuscripts and pieces of art.
Information and Facts
Strictly speaking, Montmorency is not famous for its shops but you can enjoy local stores of organic products and hand-made jewellery. The Market takes place every Wednesday and Sunday morning from 8am to 1pm, on the tiny place Roger Levaneur which expresses perfectly the spirit of the town.
The most typical speciality in Montmorency are the cherries. Well known in the beginning of the 17th century, this sour cherry is in very high demands for canned fruit and jam. Today there are two varieties, the “Montmorency Royale” and the “Montmorency de Saint Aignan” whereas there were twenty varieties at the end of the WW2.
Gothic Saint-Martin collegiate church is one of the most important site of Montmorency. This stately funeral chapel was built in four steps over five centuries from the 16th century. It is located above the town and is well worth a visit just for its view.
For those who prefer nature, the forest of Montmorency, which has an area of about 5 400 acres, is perfect for long walks. You can also visit here the “Hunting Castle” built in the 13th century.
To immerge yourself into History, Jean Jacques Rousseau’s museum opens its doors from Tuesday to Sunday afternoons. In 1756, Jean Jacques Rousseau left Paris and settled in Montmorency for a while. During this period he wrote his greatest works such as La Lettre à d’Alembert sur les spectacles, Du Contrat Social, Emile ou de l'Education etc.
Today his former home has been turned into a museum which transcribes his life and his works.
From the 19th century to the 20th, a train station was implemented to link the town to the main city in the surrounding area, Enghien-les-Bains. Today a bus network commutes to Enghien-les-Bains train station. From Enghien-les-Bains, it is easy to go to Paris quickly: it takes only 15min by train.