Saint-Cloud The Essential
The highly residential town of Saint Cloud, whose formal grounds overlook Paris, was once the site of a monastery. It was founded in 560 by Clodoald, after whom the town is named, and whose tomb was to become a place of pilgrimage. However, it was the château of Philippe de France, Louis XIV's brother, which made the town famous in the late 17C. The racecourse, at the foot of Mt Valérien, is a paradise for racegoers. Stella Matutina Church, which was consecrated in 1965, is a feat of contemporary architecture using materials such as glass, metal, wood and concrete.
This historical 460ha park showcases the