Observatory of Meudon

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Paris and inner ring départements
Coordinates: 48°48′27″N 2°14′25″E / 48.8075°N 2.2403°E / 48.8075; 2.2403Coordinates: 48°48′27″N 2°14′25″E / 48.8075°N 2.2403°E / 48.8075; 2.2403
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Hauts-de-Seine
Arrondissement Boulogne-Billancourt
Canton Meudon
Intercommunality Arc de Seine
  Mayor (2001present) Hervé Marseille (NC)
Area1 9.90 km2 (3.82 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 45,682
  Density 4,600/km2 (12,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 92048 / 92190, 92360
Elevation 28–179 m (92–587 ft)
(avg. 103 m or 338 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Meudon (French pronunciation: [mø.dɔ̃]) is a municipality in the southwestern suburbs of Paris, France. It is in the département of Hauts-de-Seine. It is located 9.1 km (5.7 mi) from the center of Paris.


The town of Meudon is built on the hills and valleys of the Seine. The wood of Meudon lies for the most part to the west of the town. The northwest part of Meudon, overlooking the Seine, is known as Bellevue ("beautiful view").


At Meudon, the argile plastique clay was extensively mined in the 19th century. The first fossil of the European diatryma Gastornis parisiensis was discovered in these deposits by Gaston Planté.

Archaeological sites show that Meudon has been populated since Neolithic times.

The Gauls called the area Mol-Dum (sand dune), and the Romans Latinized the name as Moldunum.

The handsome Galliera Institutions, on the hill of Fleury, were founded by the duchess of Galliera for the care of aged persons and orphans. The buildings were completed in 1885.

The old castle of Meudon was rebuilt in Renaissance style in the mid-sixteenth century. It was bought by Louis XIV as a residence for Louis, le Grand Dauphin, under whom Meudon became a center of aristocratic life. After the death of le Grand Dauphin in 1711 the château was neglected, emptied in the Revolutionary sales, and finally burned at the close of the Franco-Prussian War, 1871, while it was occupied by Prussian soldiers. A branch of the Paris Observatory was founded in 1877 on the ruins. The Meudon town hall is about 43 m (141.08 ft) in altitude above that of Paris and the climb from there to the observatory offers some rewarding views of Paris.

Automotive pioneering

Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, the inventor of the 'world's first automobile', is reported to have carried out some early trials at Meudon in the early 1770s.

Pioneering aviation

Chalais-Meudon was important in the pioneering of aviation, initially balloons and airships, but also the early heavier-than-air machines. A Corps d'Aérostatiers under the command of Jean-Marie-Joseph Coutelle was established in 1794, its balloons being used at the Battle of Fleurus. 'Hangar Y' (at 48°47′52″N 2°13′59″E / 48.7977°N 2.233°E / 48.7977; 2.233) was built in 1880 at the request of the military engineer Captain Charles Renard (1847–1905), for the construction of balloons and airships. The building is 70 m (230 ft) long, 24 m (79 ft) wide and around 26 m (85 ft) high. The airship La France, designed by Renard and Arthur Krebs, was built in Hangar Y in 1884 and was the first airship which was controllable during flight and which could return to its starting point.[1]


Although a choice residential district, access to the railway (RER) and the Seine river have made Meudon a manufacturing center since the 1840s. Metal products and military explosives have been continuously produced there since then.

Scientific facilities

In addition to the Observatory, what is today ONERA, a national aerospace research institute and wind tunnel has been present since the military opened its aerostatic (lighter-than-air) field in the Chalais park in 1877. From 1921 to 1981 the Air Museum was located here until it moved to Le Bourget Airport.

CNRS has a campus in Bellevue.

Public transport

Meudon Val Fleury Station

Meudon is well served by public transports operated jointly by the SNCF and the RATP.

Réseau Express Régional (RER) - Line C

Meudon is served by the line C of the RER by the Meudon – Val Fleury station.

Transilien - Line N

Meudon is also served by the transilien line N through the Meudon station and the Bellevue station.

Tramway - T2 and T6

The T2 tramway line links the Pont de Bezons station to the Porte de Versailles station. It stops by La Défense. Meudon is served by the Brimborion station and the Meudon-sur-Seine station.

The T6 tramway line runs from Châtillon to Viroflay. Meudon is served by the Georges Millandy and the Meudon la Forêt stations.


Meudon is served by twelve lines of the RATP bus network, that have numerous stops in the city:

The area was once served by the Bellevue funicular, a model of which is in the local Museum of Art and History.


Public schools in Meudon:

Private schools in Meudon:

International relations

Meudon is twinned with:[7]


See also


  1. Ville de Meudon, Aviation, Archdeacon and Wright No 3
  2. "Écoles maternelles." Meudon. p. 1-2. Retrieved on September 7, 2016.
  3. "Écoles maternelles." Meudon. p. 1. Retrieved on September 7, 2016.
  4. "Écoles élémentaires." Meudon. p. 1. Retrieved on September 7, 2016.
  5. 1 2 3 "Collèges et lycées." Meudon. Retrieved on September 7, 2016.
  6. 1 2 "Écoles maternelles." Meudon. p. 2. Retrieved on September 7, 2016.
  7. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Ville de Meudon - Villes jumelles". Ville de Meudon. Archived from the original on 2013-05-07. Retrieved 2013-07-29.
  8. "Stadt Celle". Retrieved 2010-01-05.
  9. "Rushmoor - Our Twin Towns". Rushmoor Borough Council. Retrieved 2013-07-25.
  10. "Twinning Association of Rushmoor". The Farnborough Society. Archived from the original on 2013-06-03. Retrieved 2013-07-29.
  11. "Ciechanów Twin towns". Urząd Miasta Ciechanów. Archived from the original on 2013-07-29. Retrieved 2013-07-29. |archive-url= is malformed: timestamp (help)
  12. l'Association pour la Sauvegarde de l'Orgue de Marcel Dupré
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