Neuilly-sur-Seine, in the Paris metropolitan area, developed in the 18th and 19th centuries to become the flamboyant town it is today. Its prestigious buildings, green spaces and tree-lined streets all help to make it a stylish and well-known place!
There are 39 historical markers throughout the town, indicating many buildings from different eras. The 18th century is particularly well represented by the former Château de Neuilly, a building that has housed the former convent of the Sisters of Saint-Thomas-de-Villeneuve since 1907, the bridge over the Seine, the oldest house in the town (1754), the Folie Saint-James and its unmissable tree-lined park, or the Pavillon de Musique, a former natural history cabinet.
There are also many architectural treasures from the 19th century. These include the Church of St. John the Baptist with its listed paintings, the house of Théophile Gautier or that of the famous neurologist Charcot, the former Mathilde asylum which took in children with disabilities, as well as various religious buildings such as the Church of St. Peter with its beautiful stained glass windows, the Protestant temple, the synagogue and the 7th Day Adventist church. Among the 20th-century buildings, you can admire the Renaissance-style Château de Madrid building, the Félix Potin building or the Maisons Jaoul, two houses designed by the architect Le Corbusier.
The outdoor spaces are every bit as stunning as the built heritage. Neuilly has been awarded 3 flowers in the Villes et Villages fleuris competition for towns and village in bloom, and has no less than 24 hectares of green spaces designed as places for people to meet and socialise. The leafiness of the streets (74 of them are lined with 13,740 trees) is the town's other major attraction. One of many little gems is the Temple of Love, also known as the "Temple of the King's Reserve", a vestige of the Age of Enlightenment located to the south of the Île de La Jatte.
This leafy place on the outskirts of the capital, which has many squares complete with children's playgrounds, earned the town the top position in the 2017 ranking of Île-de-France's most liveable towns!