Already in the 9th century, villagers who came to settle on the steep slope of the Yvette River built a small abbey there dedicated to Saint Saturnin. In 980 a bull of the pope mentioned the village of Cavrosa, which was transformed at the end of the 12th century into "Cavrosa" ("land of goats"). The chatellerie de Chevreuse experienced many successive wars throughout the Middle Ages; the Hundred Years' War brought it under English domination, and in 1438, there were only 28 inhabitants out of 300. Over the centuries, the estate has been occupied by several consecutive owners: François I made the barony a duchy in the middle and offered it to his favourite, Anne de Pisseleu. The site was then bought in 1551 by the Cardinal of Lorraine, Duke of Guise, who decided to add the land of Dampierre, which became the residence of the Dukes of Chevreuse. Finally Louis XIV, one year after having acquired it, ceded the duchy to the ladies of Saint-Cyr (1693), who kept it until the Revolution. Today, the commune stretches on both sides of the Yvette river, overlooked by the silhouette of its imposing feudal castle. Rich and strong of its history, proud of its heritage, Chevreuse, claims a strong identity: Saint-Martin church, Saint-Lubin chapel, Saint-Saturnin priory, mausoleum of the Montgomery family, old houses, halls, paved squares are as many typical glares of the ages offering Chevreuse an image of a small city of character.

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