Saint-Germain-en-Laye săN-zhĕrmăN´-äN-lā [key], town (1990 pop. 41,710), Yvelines dept., N central France, on the Seine River, a residential suburb W of Paris. It is the last station on the express subway system from Paris. The town, a resort, is known primarily for its 16th-century Renaissance château, built by Pierre Chambiges, which was a royal residence until the French Revolution and now houses the major museum of pre-Christian antiquities in France. Henry II and Louis XIV were among the kings born in the château Louis and his court resided there until 1682. The magnificent château park was designed by André Lenôtre. Several important treaties (most notably the 1919 Treaty of Saint-Germain ) were signed in the town. Claude Debussy was born there.

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