Garches (French pronunciation: [ɡaʁʃ]) is a commune in the western suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 11.9 km (7.4 mi) from the centre of Paris.

Garches Town Hall

Coat of arms
Paris and inner ring départements
Location of Garches
Paris and inner ring départements
Garches (Île-de-France (region))
Coordinates: 48°50′46″N 2°11′20″E
IntercommunalityGrand Paris
2.69 km2 (1.04 sq mi)
  Density6,700/km2 (17,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
92033 /92380
Elevation98–162 m (322–531 ft)
(avg. 163 m or 535 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Garches has remained largely residential, but is also the location of Raymond Poincaré University Hospital, which specialises in traumatology, road accidents and physiotherapy.

Sites of interest

19 January Monument

The northern part of Garches was largely destroyed in the Battle of Buzenval on 19 January 1871, when besieged Parisian forces under Louis Jules Trochu attempted to break through the German blockade and join the French troops at Versailles. Monuments in Rue du 19 janvier and Rue du Colonel de Rochebrune commemorate the events.

Church of St. Louis

Construction of the church began in 1298 following the canonisation of St. Louis, as recorded on the plaque at the entrance.[2] It was the first church in France dedicated to St. Louis. The original church was partly destroyed in the Battle of Buzenval; it was rebuilt in 1876[3] and restored beginning in 1980 with the 19th-century stained-glass windows and continuing in 1983 with the complete restoration and enlargement of the organ. The spire was rebuilt in 1988, the cross reconsecrated in 1989, the carved tympanum restored in 1990, and interior and façade renovation carried out beginning in 1995. A bell dated to 1787 was classified as a historic monument on 27 April 1944.[4]

The cemetery adjacent to the church was moved in 1930 and contains the graves of some well-known people, including jazz musician Sidney Bechet, who chose to spend his last years in Garches.


Garches is served by Garches – Marnes-la-Coquette station on the Transilien Paris – Saint-Lazare suburban rail line and by 9 bus lines linking it with Paris and other suburbs.


Public schools:

  • Three preschools: École maternelle Ramon, École maternelle Saint-Exupéry, École maternelle Pasteur[5]
  • Three elementary schools: École élémentaire Pasteur A, École élémentaire Pasteur B, and École élémentaire Gaston Ramon[6]
  • Collège Henri Bergson, a junior high school[7]
  • A special high school, E.R.E.A. Jacques Brel (for students with handicapped motor skills)[8]

Specialized senior high schools in the area include:[8]

There is a private school in the commune, Ecole Jean-Paul II.[9]

See also


  1. "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. Notice IM92000978, base Palissy, Ministry of Culture (in French)
  3. Notice IA00048601, base Mérimée, French Ministry of Culture (in French)
  4. Notice no PM92000057, base Palissy, French Ministry of Culture (in French)
  5. "Les écoles maternelles." Garches. Retrieved on September 7, 2016.
  6. "Les écoles élémentaires." Garches. Retrieved on September 7, 2016.
  7. "Enseignement secondaire ." Garches. Retrieved on September 7, 2016.
  8. "Les écoles - Enseignement spécialisé." Garches. Retrieved on September 7, 2016.
  9. "Les écoles - l'enseignement privé." Garches. Retrieved on September 7, 2016.
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