Le Raincy (French pronunciation: [ləʁɛ̃si]) is a commune in the eastern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 13.2 km (8.2 mi) from the center of Paris. Le Raincy is a subprefecture of the Seine-Saint-Denis department and the seat of the Arrondissement of Le Raincy.
The town hall of Le Raincy
Coat of arms
Paris and inner ring departments
Le Raincy (Île-de-France (region))
|Coordinates: 48°54′00″N 2°31′00″E|
|• Mayor (2014–2020)||Jean-Michel Genestier|
|2.24 km2 (0.86 sq mi)|
|• Density||6,600/km2 (17,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||51–114 m (167–374 ft) |
(avg. 83 m or 272 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
Its population is small relative to surrounding communes, just under 13,000. However, its development as an administrative centre, along with the establishment over the years of several schools, gives it more prominence than its population size would suggest.
Its character has made it known as le Neuilly de la Seine-Saint-Denis.
In the 17th and 18th century, Raincy was known primarily as location of the Château du Raincy, now demolished. The commune of Le Raincy was created on 20 May 1869 by detaching a part of the territory of Livry-Gargan and merging it with a part of the territory of Clichy-sous-Bois and a small part of the territory of Gagny.
|the arms of le Raincy are blazoned : |
Or, an oak tree eradicated vert, overall a fess vair, in dexter base a crescent gules in sinister base a fleur de lys azure, all within a bordure gules.
|motto: "Heri Nemus Urbs Hodie" (in French: "Forêt j'étais, Ville je suis" ; in English "Forest I was; City I am".|
Notre-Dame du Raincy
The town today receives visitors - mainly to see the Notre-Dame du Raincy church. Designed by the brothers Auguste and Gustave Perret and built in 1922-1923, this was one of the first churches to be built in reinforced concrete, and with no external ornamentation. The architecture is remarkable for the classicism of its columns, greatly enhanced by the stained glass windows of Maurice Denis and Marie-Alain Couturier. The church is listed as an historic monument. It was restored in the 1990s, and is in regular use. Many of the visitors to the church come from Japan, as a smaller replica of Notre Dame du Raincy was built in the Tokyo suburbs.
- Junior high school: Collège Jean-Baptiste Corot
- Senior high schools/sixth-form colleges:
- Lycée René Cassin
- Lycée Albert Schweitzer
Le Raincy is twinned with:
- "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
- Soulé, Veronique (2007-04-03). "A Clichy-sous-Bois, le lycée ghetto qu'on évite". Libération. Retrieved 2016-09-25. "Le Raincy est considéré comme le «Neuilly de la Seine-Saint-Denis», avec ses pavillons coquets et ses maisons en meulière."
- "Le Collège Jean-Baptiste Corot." Le Raincy. March 8, 2016. Retrieved on September 8, 2016.
- "Lycée Albert Schweitzer." Le Raincy. March 8, 2016. Retrieved on September 8, 2016.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Le Raincy.|
- Home page (in French)
- Notre-Dame du Raincy at Structurae
- Notre-Dame du Raincy at greatbuildings.com
- The Raincy blog