Dreux, Eure-et-Loir Département, Centre-Val de Loire, France

Geography | History | Chapelle royale de Dreux | Other sights

🇫🇷 Dreux is a commune in the Eure-et-Loir department in northern France.


Geography Dreux lies on the small river Blaise, a tributary of the Eure, about 35 km north of Chartres. Dreux station has rail connections to Argentan, Paris and Granville. The Route nationale 12 (Paris–Rennes) passes north of the town.


History Dreux was known in ancient times as Durocassium, the capital of the Durocasses Celtic tribe. Despite the legend, its name was not related with Druids. The Romans established here a fortified camp known as Castrum Drocas.

In the Middle Ages, Dreux was the centre of the County of Dreux. The first count of Dreux was Robert, the son of King Louis the Fat. The first large battle of the French Wars of Religion occurred at Dreux, on 19 December 1562, resulting in a hard-fought victory for the Catholic forces of the duc de Montmorency.

In October 1983, the Front National won 55% of the vote in the second round of elections for the city council of Dreux, in one of its first significant electoral victories.

Dreux has a significant Muslim population, and is estimated to be around 35%. Dreux's Muslim population consists mainly of North Africans, Arabs, Turks, and Sub-Saharan Africans. Many Muslims in Dreux experience high levels of poverty and unemployment. One-in-four residents in the town are immigrants.


Chapelle royale de Dreux In 1775, the lands of the comté de Dreux had been given to the Louis Jean Marie de Bourbon, duc de Penthièvre by his cousin Louis XVI. In 1783, the duke sold his domain of Rambouillet to Louis XVI. On 25 November of that year, in a long religious procession, Penthièvre transferred the nine caskets containing the remains of his parents, the Louis-Alexandre de Bourbon, comte de Toulouse and Marie Victoire de Noailles, comtesse de Toulouse, his wife, Marie Thérèse Félicité d'Este, Princess of Modène, and six of their seven children, from the small medieval village church next to the castle in Rambouillet, to the chapel of the Collégiale Saint-Étienne de Dreux. The duc de Penthièvre died in March 1793 and his body was laid to rest in the crypt beside his parents. On 21 November of that same year, in the midst of the French Revolution, a mob desecrated the crypt and threw the ten bodies in a mass grave in the Chanoines cemetery of the Collégiale Saint-Étienne. In 1816, the duc de Penthièvre's daughter, Louise Marie Adélaïde de Bourbon, duchesse d'Orléans, had a new chapel built on the site of the mass grave of the Chanoines cemetery, as the final resting place for her family. In 1830, Louis-Philippe I, King of the French, son of the duchesse d'Orléans, embellished the chapel which was renamed Chapelle royale de Dreux, now the necropolis of the Orléans royal family.


Other sights • Musée d'Art et d'Histoire de Dreux  • Hôtel de Montulé (16th century) • Pavilion of Louis XVI • Hôtel de Salvat-Duhalde (18th century) • Renaissance Château d'Anet.

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Dreux has a population of over 30,664 people. Dreux also forms the centre of the wider Dreux Arrondissement which has a population of over 129,414 people. It is also a part of the larger Eure-et-Loir Département.

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Twin Towns, Sister Cities Dreux has links with:

🇵🇹 Almeirim, Portugal 🇩🇪 Bautzen, Germany 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Evesham, England 🇧🇫 Koudougou, Burkina Faso 🇩🇪 Melsungen, Germany 🇲🇦 Mohammedia, Morocco 🇮🇹 Todi, Italy
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Antipodal to Dreux is: -178.634,-48.737

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