Authentic village of Louveciennes
This little village is home to producers who grow fruit trees and vines on the Seine hillsides. Louveciennes began to flourish with the arrival of Louis XIV and the construction of the Machine of Marly.
Indeed, in the 17th century, Louis XIV built the Château de Marly and established his court at Versailles, following which, other palaces, including the Château du Pont, Château de Voisins and that of Madame du Barry were built in the village, which was called Luciennes at the time.
Once again, the daily life of the village underwent major change with the arrival of the Machine of Marly towards the end of the 17th century. The waters of the Seine, taking their source at Bougival, were channelled across the municipality to the aqueduct built by Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Robert de Cotte.
The railway was constructed in the late 19th century, completing the link between Paris and Louveciennes, and attracting many personalities from the cultural scene.
A great number of impressionists enjoyed coming to paint these landscapes, while sculptors, writers, journalists and musicians appreciated the calmness of their chosen place of escape. Some of them even decided to live here, like Maréchal Joffre who now rests at the estate of La Châtaigneraie on the heights of the village.
You can enjoy all the architectural heritage this little village has to offer, and also try some traditional dishes at one of the restaurants. Night birds can prolong the evening at one of the nearby clubs.