Located nineteen kilometres southwest of Paris in the department of the Essonne, Saclay is at the forefront of scientific and technological research . The easily-accessible city is a perfect home base for travelling around the Ile-de-France. Are you looking for a hotel in Saclay? Discover our B&B Hotel in Saclay, situated midway between Saclay and Gif-sur-Yvette.
For many years, Saclay has been home to a large number of institutions for scientific research as well as several grandes ecoles. Notably, the commune is the seat of the Centre CEA de Saclay It is at the heart of a major construction plan aiming to create a Paris-Saclay technological complex.
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Saclay is located on an ancient Roman road, in the centre of the eponymous plateau. Sources indicate that the city dates back to the 13th century. In 1684, Louis XIV had the Saclay pond redirected to bring water to the Château de Versailles. The city experienced its first major period of growth in the 18th century. Between 1948 and 1950 the Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (CEA) and the DGA Essais Propulseurs were built in Saclay: the first of many industrial, high-tech and research organisations that would eventually make their home in the area, making the plateau famous. Numerous grandes ecoles such as the Ecole Centrale, AgroParisTech, the ENS Cachan and the Ecole Polytechnique were also established in the city.
The green city of Saclay stands out thanks to its substantial farming activity. Its very fertile land (which represents 75% of its surface area), is occupied by grain farms. During your relaxing weekend you can take a stroll through the Parc du Clos Vert or the Parc de la Truie Qui File, walk along the banks of the Mare de Sacaly, enjoy a promenade in the Plaine du Val d'Albian and admire the richness of the local biodiversity. And you mustn’t forget the Etang Vieux with its 60 species of birds, which are sure to delight fans of ornithology!
Built in the 12th century, the Eglise Saint Germain was constructed on the site of the former chapel founded by the Abbaye de Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The church is home to a beautiful wooden crucifix from the mid-16th century. Among the other must-see monuments are the Tour Saint Germain and its bartizan characteristic of late medieval architecture, the Château de la Martinière, the Fort de Villeras, which became part of the « Système Séré de Rivières » and was built to defend Paris after its defeat in 1870, and the Pavillon du Roi, built during the reign of Louis XIV. The city is also home to some beautiful old farms.
The Défilé du Carnaval (February/March), the Printemps des Poètes (March), the Printemps de l'Environnement(April), the Fête de la Jeunesse (April), the Randos'durables (April) and the Festival Ah!, Les Beaux Jours (June), the Fête de la Récup' (September), and you can’t forget CURIOSITas, an event dedicated to the arts and sciences (October) and the Salon de la Bonne Bouche (in November): numerous events are organised around the year in Saclay.
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