Artins

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Artins
Artins is located in France
Artins
Artins
Coordinates: 47°44′45″N 0°44′27″E / 47.7458°N 0.7408°E / 47.7458; 0.7408Coordinates: 47°44′45″N 0°44′27″E / 47.7458°N 0.7408°E / 47.7458; 0.7408
Country France
Region Centre
Department Loir-et-Cher
Arrondissement Vendôme
Canton Montoire-sur-le-Loir
Intercommunality Pays de Ronsard
Government
 • Mayor Henri Daumas
Area1 11.72 km2 (4.53 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 295
 • Density 25/km2 (65/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 41004 / 41800
Elevation 57–139 m (187–456 ft)
(avg. 80 m or 260 ft)

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.

Artins is a commune in the Loir-et-Cher département in central France.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 492 —    
1800 480 −2.4%
1806 516 +7.5%
1821 508 −1.6%
1831 531 +4.5%
1836 506 −4.7%
1841 489 −3.4%
1846 500 +2.2%
1851 502 +0.4%
1856 501 −0.2%
1861 513 +2.4%
1866 485 −5.5%
1872 486 +0.2%
1876 471 −3.1%
1881 468 −0.6%
1886 468 +0.0%
1891 468 +0.0%
1896 482 +3.0%
1901 501 +3.9%
1906 502 +0.2%
1911 534 +6.4%
1921 446 −16.5%
1926 448 +0.4%
1931 401 −10.5%
1936 394 −1.7%
1946 428 +8.6%
1954 363 −15.2%
1962 336 −7.4%
1968 317 −5.7%
1975 265 −16.4%
1982 272 +2.6%
1990 247 −9.2%
1999 282 +14.2%
2006 280 −0.7%
2009 295 +5.4%

History[edit]

The name derives from the Gallo-Roman Artinis.

The historic Romanesque church, dedicated to Saint Julien (of Le Mans), at a ford in the Loir river, fell into ruins when development occurred nearer a departmental route at a site known as Le Plat d'Etain. It has since been restored by local initiative for cultural purposes.

Popular tradition would have it that Artins is older than Le Mans (the ecclesiastical centre of the diocese to which Artins formerly belonged) and that St. Julien evinced a dragon who had taken up residence in a temple (which was replaced by the former church). A pilgrimage celebrating this feat survived into the mid-twentieth century.

The hillside is marked by a former Commanderie and the manor of Rocheturpin (which lost its Romanesque chapel in the late nineteenth century). Just below these and above the Plat d'Etain is the present neo-gothic church. The lower hillside is marked by a series of caves often used as wine-cellars.

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