Bridge over the Aube at Arcis-sur-Aube
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Serge Lardin (PR)|
|• Land1||9.49 km2 (3.66 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||320/km2 (820/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||10006 / 10700|
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
The inhabitants of the commune are known as Arcisiens or Arcisiennes
Arcis-sur-Aube is located some 27 km north of Troyes and 40 km east of Romilly-sur-Seine. Access to the commune is by the D441 road from Villette-sur-Aube in the west passing through the commune and the town and continuing to Vaupoisson. The D677 also comes from Mailly-le-Camp in the north intersecting the D441 in the town and continuing south to Voué. The D31 also goes south-west from the town to Les Grandes-Chapelles. The D10 road comes from Allibaudières in the north-west and passes through the north-west of the commune joining the D441 west of the town. A railway passes through the west of the commune from north to south with a station west of the town. The Aube river marks the northern boundary of the town flowing west but the commune covers both left and right banks of the river. The D677 passes over the river on a bridge.
The right bank and a small portion of the left bank of the Aube consists of forest and farmland. The urban area of the town extends south from the left bank and occupies about a quarter of the land area. The south of the commune is entirely farmland.
- Road access
- By motorway: the A26 autoroute, exit No. 21 (Valley of Dawn).
- By county roads:
- Public transport
- Regular route No. 7: Troyes (bus station) ⇒ ⇒ Arcis Mailly and vice versa. The stop is located in front of the hall (schedules available on the Procars website). Route 7 is operated by the company Procars Champagne and managed by the General Council of Aube.
- Regular route No. 5: TransChampagneArdenne Troyes ⇒ Chalons-en-Champagne ⇒ Reims ⇒ Charleville-Mézières and vice versa. The stop is located at Rue de Chalons (schedules available on the Stdmarne website). Route 5 is operated by the Departmental Transportation Services of the Marne.
- Troyes station, taxis available in the station square.
- Aerodrome Troyes Barberey
- Chalons Vatry Airport
- Saint Victor was a hermit and confessor at Arcis-sur-Aube in the 6th century.
- Around the same period a local coinage called Leudericus and Daovaldus was produced.
- In 1546, François I authorized the construction of walls around the city.
- Arcis has been the scene of the Battle of Arcis-sur-Aube, a bloody battle fought by Napoleon I on 1 March 1814 against the Austro-Russians: part of the city was burned. To commemorate the participation of Cossacks from the Russian army a city in Ukraine (Artsyz) and a village in the southern Urals (Arsinski or Арсинский) bear this name.
- From 1790 to 1795 Arcis was the chief town of the arrondissement of Arcis-sur-Aube which was composed of 11 cantons and 89 communes.
- During the creation of arrondissements in 1800 Arcis became the capital of one of them but this was abolished in 1926. The cantons of Arcis-sur-Aube and Ramerupt are attached to the Arrondissement of Troyes; the Canton of Méry-sur-Seine was attached to the Arrondissement of Nogent-sur-Seine, and the Canton of Chavanges was attached to the Arrondissement of Bar-sur-Aube. This was effective from 1801: 4 cantons and 93 communes.
In this small painting commissioned by the subject's nephew, Prince Napoleon, the emperor is portrayed in a forbidding landscape just after his last, hard-won victory in the 1814 French campaign that was fought at Arcis-sur-Aube: 23,000 French troops withstood the onslaught of 90,000 Austrians, but were unable to capitalize on their victory.
List of Successive Mayors
|2001||2014||Serge Lardin||UMP||Former General Councillor|
(Not all data is known)
In 2009 the commune had 3,015 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]
Besides many big farms producing all sorts of cereals, the sugar industry has a big plant there: Cristal Union
Sites and Monuments
The church from the early 16th century under the patronage of Saint-Étienne. Bombed in June 1940 and then restored, it houses two pentagonal chapels and a flamboyant portal.
The Chateau of Arcis-sur-Aube was registered as a historical monument in 1983.
- Georges Jacques Danton, was born 26 October 1759 in Arcis-sur-Aube to a respectable though not wealthy family. He was given a good education, and he was launched in the career of an advocate at the Paris bar. He became a French revolutionary and died on the guillotine in Paris on 5 April 1794.
- Pierre Arnauld de La Briffe (6 May 1772, Paris - 11 September 1839, Arcis-sur-Aube), Lord of Arcis-sur-Aube before the French Revolution, military man and French politician in the 19th century.
- Hugues-Iéna Darcy (29 October 1807, Arcis-sur-Aube - 4 June 1880, Corcelles-les-Monts) high French official of the 19th century
Honoré de Balzac made Arcis-sur-Aube part of his novel Le Député d'Arcis (The Member for Arcis), left unfinished at his death and completed by Charles Rabbou. Arcis-sur-Aube was also the place of action in Une ténébreuse affaire (A murky affair) written in 1844.
- Communes of the Aube department
- Official website
- Arcis-sur-Aube on the National Geogrphic Institute website (French)
- Arcis-sur-Aube on the INSEE website (French)
- INSEE (French)
Notes and references
- At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by Law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002, the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" allows, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For communes with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these communes is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force in 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.
- Inhabitants of Aube (French)
- Google Maps
- Fernand Braudel, Civilisation - Material, Economy and Capitalism from the 15th to the 18th centuries Vol. 1: The structures of daily life, Ed. Le livre de poche, Paris, 1979, page 550: "Arcis-sur-Aube [...] authorised by François I, in 1546, to encircle by ramparts" (French)
- List of Mayors of France
- National Commission for Decentralised cooperation (French)
- Marguerite Beau: Essay on the religious architecture of southern Champagne from Aube including Troyes, 1991 (French)
- French Ministry of Culture Notice PA00078017 Old Chateau (French)
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