Châteaulin and the Aulne
|Intercommunality||Pays de Châteaulin et du Porzay|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Gaëlle Nicolas|
|• Land1||20.81 km2 (8.03 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||250/km2 (650/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||29026 / 29150|
|Elevation||2–206 m (6.6–675.9 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.
Châteaulin (French: [ʃɑ.to.lɛ̃] ; Kastellin in the Breton language) is a commune in the Finistère department in the region of Brittany in north-western France. It is a sub-prefecture of the department.
Châteaulin is located in a valley towards the center of the Finistère. Situated on the Aulne River, also Canal de Nantes à Brest there, Châteaulin is centrally located between Quimper to the south and Brest to the North. To the West, the Menez-Hom hills separate it from the Crozon peninsula and the Bay of Douarnenez which leads into the Atlantic Ocean.
Inhabitants of Châteaulin are called in French Châteaulinois.
In 2008, 1.96% of primary-school children attended bilingual schools.
Châteaulin's economy rests on the twin bedrocks of food processing (salmon and poultry) and, to an ever greater extent, tourism. The Gendarmerie school on the outskirts of the town provides for a large number of families and the many recruits passing through the school provide the economic backbone of the town's night-life. A cake shop is also well-known within the area of Châteaulin,"Histoire de Macaron" is famous thanks to its tasty and wide range of macarons as well as the Java, created in 1907 by Mister Le Meur, which is a legend in the city.
- Yves-Marie André, better known as Père André (1675–1764), Jesuit priest and philosopher.
- 27 November 1761 : Birth of Julien Marie Cosmao-Kerjulien (died in Brest 17 February 1825), Rear-Admiral and Baron d'Empire.
- Jean Moulin, emblem of the French Resistance during the Second World War, was the sub-prefect from 1930 to 1933.
Châteaulin is twinned with:
- Cantons of the Finistère department
- Communes of the Finistère department
- Arrondissements of the Finistère department
- Parc naturel régional d'Armorique
- (French) Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Enseignement bilingue
- Official website of the town of Châteaulin / Kastellin (in French)
- Satellite picture by Google Maps
- French Ministry of Culture list for Châteaulin (French)
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