ABOUT
 
     
  Saint-Germain-en-Laye is an elegant suburb of Paris nestled in a loop of the Seine. Since its founding in 1020 by King Robert the Pious, it has grown to a population of 43,000 people. The city is known for its bright gardens, bustling historic downtown, tree lined streets, and magnificent Château, where Louis XIV was born in 1638 (the same year Winchester was founded). The castle now contains an archeology museum that was founded by Napoleon III. The famously scenic Terrasse, designed by renowned landscape architect André LeNôtre, stretches along the high bluffs from the Château to Saint-Germain’s expansive forest and offers a beautiful view of Paris. The city is also home to a first division soccer team, the Paris Saint-Germain FBC, which won the UEFA Cup in 1996 and 2001.