Ris-Orangis is a city of Essonne, in Île-de-France, located about twenty kilometers southeast of Paris.
The city runs along the left bank of the Seine, the Senart forest lying on the other side, and despite having experienced some urbanization since the 1960s, from 4 000 to the aftermath of war over 27,000 today, a quarter of the surface of the territory is still made up of agricultural or forested areas.
now crossed by the highway known as the Sun and the old N7, Ris-Orangis was long a place for agricultural and viticultural, and in 1790 it was the first city to elect its mayor.
With diverse sports and cultural facilities, rich Ris-Orangis remains also an important natural and architectural heritage, its location on the banks of the Seine having led to the building of castles in residential.
Who wants to discover the historical heritage of the city will be able to admire several remarkable castles.
We begin this walk by Castle Orangis, the name of the agricultural hamlet attached to Ris during the Revolution. Simple hunting lodge until the eighteenth, the castle was then restored and even enhanced in the nineteenth century. Dependencies are now occupied by craftsmen.
Dating back to its oldest parts of the seventeenth and most "new" nineteenth, Castle Keychain, residential, was included in the supplementary inventory of historical monuments in 1985. It has a beautiful view of the Seine and the forest of Senart.
The gardens and ornamental ponds were once powered by a still existing underground aqueduct. It belongs since 1842 to the same family.
Two other castles public now deserve attention.
As the town hall, purchased by the municipality in 1926, which was the summer residence of the Lorraine Knight in the seventeenth century. So called "castle of Fromont," its owner, lover of Philippe d'Orleans, brother of Louis XIV, embellishes the building and the gardens which endows down by levels to the banks of the Seine. The Sun King was there sometimes step on the way to Versailles from Fontainebleau. The park has been replaced by housing.
Do not miss the last Dranem castle, rebuilt under Louis XV. Nice and residential, the castle, which has benefited from renovations, bought in 1911 by vocalist Armand Menard said Dranem. Via a foundation, he turns it into "retirement home for artists". At the heart of a 7-hectare park, it is now a home for the elderly open to public.
In this time of natural heritage..., fans of walks and hikes to find Ris-Orangis number of possibilities.
This is the case of the forest of Saint-Eutrope, with its 270 hectares accessible by foot or bike, also has picnic areas.
More modest, the Theuillerie Park offers 4 hectares of parkland and woods Keychain, we benefit from a remarkable view of the Seine.
Moreover, accessible to bikes and pedestrians, the river banks are equipped for walkers.
Finally, the Green Casting extending 6 km is a safe natural environment for pedestrians and cyclists in the heart of the city.
sporty, nautical base allows sailing and canoeing. Information +33 1 69 44 63 30.
Culturally, Ris-Orangis finally has a room dedicated to contemporary music which are offered fifty concerts a year, The Plan, and a dedicated area including circus and puppetry, Adrienne Chapiteau.
Several highlights punctuate the year Ris-Orangis.
Note well, every 3rd Sunday of May, the inter-association carnival Rouge et Or, and every second Sunday of September, the Feast of associations and sports.
But the great annual event takes place around July 14, four days with Ris Seine, where successive shows and entertainment for all generations.
In a more traditional kind, the market is held twice weekly on the square of the same name, where a hall was constructed, on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 9am to 13pm (but the hall is open at 7 am).