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Saint-Leu-d'Esserent - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Oise

An ancient history ...

On-site Saint-Leu-d'Esserent, signs of human activity dating back to the Paleolithic.

Indices Gallo-Roman and Merovingian suggest that the site was continuously occupied since that time.

The fate of the city changed in 1081, when Hugues de Dammartin, lord, gave to the abbey of Cluny land he owns in Hescerent. The Order of Cluny sent some monks founded a monastery dedicated to Saint Leu.

The whole monastic: From all monastic church still exist, the gatehouse, cloister, part of the fortifications, the loft and the cellar banvin. It was built in the twelfth-thirteenth centuries, takes its name from the old feudal law banvin. The monks stocked and sold their wine, wine harvested hillsides.

A priory church the size of a cathedral ... The priory grew quickly. The community of monks decided to expand the old Romanesque church. In the first half of the 12th century, construction began on the porch in a late Romanesque style. Work continues in 1160 with the construction of the apse. In the 13th century a Gothic nave connects together. The priory church is 71 m long, 21 m wide and 27 m high ceiling. It is considered a masterpiece of the art of transition: the construction starts with the Romanesque and Gothic ends full time.

The castle Guesdière: After installation of the priory, the monks are constantly exposed to the hostility of the villagers and some lords of the area. The Order of Cluny then makes an agreement with the Comte de Clermont: to protect the monks, some soldiers are stationed in the count a strong home offered by the priory. This house is the original castle Guesdière. It grows in the following centuries. It now houses the municipal museum and services. One can also discover a mural depicting Marie-Felicie Orsini.

Great jacquerie: In 1337, when starts the Hundred Years War, the priory has about 30 monks, which equates to a total population of about 100 people. The long decline of the monastery begins. The medieval history of Saint-Leu was also marked by an event of national significance: Great jacquerie. It broke in Saint-Leu May 28, 1358. That day, a few knights of the Earl of Clermont pass through Saint-Leu. The villagers take them to task. Four knights and squires five were killed, including Raoul and Jean de Clermont. The revolt spread to all Beauvais and lasted until the bloody crackdown by the nobility.

Industrial Heritage: The monastery, already moribund, was dismantled during the Revolution. Saint-Leu-d'Esserent lives since the rhythm of careers that are experiencing strong activity in the 19th century, and the pace of candy, created in 1863. The stone quarried in the city is excellent. It was notably used in the construction of Versailles, the cathedral of Chartres and other internationally known landmarks. Careers become mushroom at the end of the 19th century. Candy, some buildings are still visible, is the central element of the life of the town in the first half of the 20th century. It closed in 1974.

The Castle Museum of Guesdière: The major event in the recent history of the city is its destruction in 1944, following the Allied bombing: this included destroying V1 stored by the Germans in the careers city. The history of Saint-Leu is illustrated by the museum Guesdière, located in the oldest parts of the castle.

Geographical information

Latitude49.2181650 (N 49° 13’ 5”)
Longitude2.4184100 (E 2° 25’ 6”)
AltitudeFrom 25m to 137m
Surface area13.08 km²
Population4784 inhabitants
Density365 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureBeauvais (38 km, 46 min)
Insee code60584
IntercommunalityCC Pierre-Sud-Oise

Nearest cities & towns

Villers-sous-Saint-Leu2.1 km (6 min)
Cramoisy4.2 km (7 min)
Saint-Maximin4.4 km (8 min)
Précy-sur-Oise4.7 km (7 min)
Thiverny5.5 km (10 min)
Blaincourt-lès-Précy6 km (9 min)
Chantilly6.1 km (10 min)
Vineuil-Saint-Firmin6.3 km (9 min)
Saint-Vaast-lès-Mello6.6 km (11 min)
Montataire6.6 km (12 min)
Gouvieux6.7 km (10 min)
Maysel7 km (10 min)
Creil8.3 km (14 min)
Mello8.4 km (11 min)

Things to see and do

The priory church called Abbey.

The castle and museum Guesdière.

The cellar banvin.

The castle gardens.

The leisure.

Places of interest

Leisure centres
Natural sites

Events and festivities

The 1st or 2nd weekend of April: Flea market and barter flowers.

The first weekend of June: Market 100% Picard on the banks of the Oise between Saint-Leu and Saint-Maximin.

September: European Heritage Days.


Castle Guesdière - Current Mayor
Castle Guesdière - Current Mayor
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Abbey Saint-Nicolas Saint-Leu
Abbey Saint-Nicolas Saint-Leu
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Aerial view of Saint-Leu
Aerial view of Saint-Leu
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Pont de Saint-Leu
Pont de Saint-Leu
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Architecture Abbey
Architecture Abbey
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Rue Saint-Leu
Rue Saint-Leu
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Sunday 24 september
Min. 8°C - Max. 23°C
Monday 25 september
Min. 11°C - Max. 17°C
Tuesday 26 september
Min. 11°C - Max. 21°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
E-ticket – The Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis
Culture and education9 € Saint-Denis (32 km)
Behind-the-Scenes Guided Tour of the Stade de France
Culture and education15 € Saint-Denis (33 km)
Guided Tour of La Cité du Cinéma Movie Studios
Culture and education14 € Saint-Denis (34 km)
Guided tour of la Cité de la Musique : La Philharmonie de Paris
Culture and education13 € Paris (37 km)
Cokkery Class: French Desserts
Local flavours130 € Paris (37 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Paris illuminations
Cycling itineraryEasy2h00Paris (40 km)
From Vésigneux to Folleville
HikeEasy2h00Paillart (50 km)
Historic trail in the town centre
Village visitEasy1h30La Ferté-sous-Jouarre (60 km)
Family discovery trail
Village visitEasy1h00La Ferté-sous-Jouarre (60 km)
La Barre Natural Forest Area
HikeEasy1h30La Ferté-sous-Jouarre (60 km)


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