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Milly-la-Forêt

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Essonne

Milly-la-Forêt - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Essonne
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Nestling at the edge of the forest, at the heart of the French Gâtinais Regional Nature Park near to the Trois-Pignons massif, the village of Milly-la-Forêt enjoys a privileged geographical location. As well as this environmental advantage, it also boasts a beautiful architectural heritage: an old wooden covered market from the 15th century, where a market takes place on Thursday afternoons, 13th and 15th-century La Bonde Castle, with two castellated towers on either side, a stone bridge over the river and a picturesque wash house are some of the attractions to discover on your walk.

Not to be missed is the Chapel of Saint-Blaise-des-Simples, a relic of a former 12th-century lazaret, which is of special interest as it was decorated by Jean Cocteau in 1959. Nowadays the Roman edifice contains the artist's tomb, along with stained glass windows and frescos drawn by Cocteau illustrating the Resurrection, and a series of medicinal plants, as these were Milly-la-Forêt's speciality in the middle ages. Around the chapel is a beautiful herb garden, planted with mint, valerian, belladonna and other medicinal plants.

You can also visit Jean Cocteau's House, which has been converted into a museum and where you can visit his office, bedroom, workshop and main living room, on a journey through the memory of the French poet and illustrator.

The National Conservatory of Fragrant, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, on the Nemours road, is worth a trip for its museographic area and its superb plant collections, with over 1500 species!

Finally, don't leave Milly-la-Forêt without having seen the Cyclop in the Bois des Pauvres woods. This contemporary work of art by Swiss artist Jean Tinguely is both surprising and unusual. The gigantic steel sculpture represents a cyclops' head, stands 22.5 metres tall and weighs 300 tonnes!

Additional information
Milly-la-Forêt

Milly Township is located south of Essonne and a few kilometers from the Seine-et-Marne. Composed of six municipalities in the valley of the School and six other cities in the valley of the Essonne, they offer a rich natural and cultural tourism.

Things to see and do

Vestige of a leper 12th century, the chapel of St. Blaise was, during its restoration in 1959, decorated by Jean Cocteau who resided in the village of Milly since 1945.

La Maison Jean Cocteau, open to the public in 2010, offers an insight into the home of the artist, and a temporary exhibition space.

The National Conservatory of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants makes you discover the secrets and virtues of plants, through guided tours, workshops, demonstrations.

Places of interest

Information points
Monuments
Natural sites

Events and festivities

2nd Sunday of each month, the Antiques Fair'll meet you in the Great Market Hall.

The first weekend of June, the Market herbalist invite producers, growers, nurserymen, herbs, spices, essential oils exhibit in the hall.

The last weekend in June, the Foire Saint-Pierre invites you to meet exhibitors township, the funfair will entertain and the art fair and the fair perfume bottle will delight you.

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Chapelle Saint-Blaise and herb garden
Chapelle Saint-Blaise and herb garden
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Château de la Bonde Milly-la-Forêt
Château de la Bonde Milly-la-Forêt
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Conservatoire National des Plantes
Conservatoire National des Plantes
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Conservatoire National des Plantes
Conservatoire National des Plantes
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Halle Milly
Halle Milly
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Chapelle Saint-Blaise des Simples
Chapelle Saint-Blaise des Simples
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The Cyclop
The Cyclop
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Maison Jean Cocteau
Maison Jean Cocteau
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

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