Château-Thierry

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For the vine training system also known as Château-Thierry, see Chateau-Thierry (vine system).
Château-Thierry
Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Château-Thierry
Coat of arms
Château-Thierry is located in France
Château-Thierry
Château-Thierry
Coordinates: 49°02′N 3°24′E / 49.04°N 3.40°E / 49.04; 3.40Coordinates: 49°02′N 3°24′E / 49.04°N 3.40°E / 49.04; 3.40
Country France
Region Picardy
Department Aisne
Arrondissement Château-Thierry
Canton Château-Thierry
Intercommunality Château-Thierry
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jacque Krabal
Area
 • Land1 16.49 km2 (6.37 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 14,831
 • Population2 density 900/km2 (2,300/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 02168 / 02400
Elevation 59–222 m (194–728 ft)
(avg. 63 m or 207 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.

Château-Thierry (French: [ʃa.to.tje.ri]) is a commune in northern France about 56 miles (90 km) east-northeast of Paris. It is a sub-prefecture of the Aisne department in Picardy.

History[edit]

In the late years of the western Roman empire, a small town called Otmus was settled on a site where the Soissons-Troyes road crossed the Marne river.

During the 8th century, Charles Martel kept king Theuderic IV prisoner in the castle of Otmus. At this time, the town took the name of Castrum Theodorici, later transformed in Château-Thierry (Castle of Thierry, Thierry is the French or early Roman language translation of Theuderic). In 946, the castle of Château-Thierry was the home of Herbert le-Vieux, Count of Omois (Fr: comte d'Omois) of the House of Vermandois & Soissons.[citation needed]

Château-Thierry was the site of two important battles. The Battle of Château-Thierry (1814) in the Napoleonic Wars between France and Prussia, and Battle of Château-Thierry (1918) in World War I, between the United States and Germany.

Battlefied of Chateau-Thierry in 1920.

In 1918, a mounting for the infamous Paris Gun was found near the castle. The cannon itself was never found.[citation needed]

Post Card from World War I showing the mounting of the Paris Gun

Geography[edit]

Château-Thierry is situated on the Marne River.

Transport[edit]

Château-Thierry is the terminus station of a regional railway line starting from the Gare de l'Est in Paris. It is also one of the exits of the A4 motorway that links Paris with the east part of France. Transval operates the local bus routes.

Personalities[edit]

Château-Thierry was the birthplace of Jean de La Fontaine. Teddy Roosevelt's son Quentin was shot down in July 1918 while flying a French SPAD plane during WWI.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1793 4,080 —    
1800 4,160 +2.0%
1806 4,730 +13.7%
1821 4,422 −6.5%
1831 4,697 +6.2%
1836 4,761 +1.4%
1841 4,995 +4.9%
1846 5,413 +8.4%
1851 5,629 +4.0%
1856 5,381 −4.4%
1861 5,761 +7.1%
1866 6,519 +13.2%
1872 6,623 +1.6%
1876 6,902 +4.2%
1881 7,015 +1.6%
1886 7,296 +4.0%
1891 6,863 −5.9%
1896 7,063 +2.9%
1901 7,083 +0.3%
1906 7,347 +3.7%
1911 7,771 +5.8%
1921 7,751 −0.3%
1926 8,266 +6.6%
1931 8,154 −1.4%
1936 7,928 −2.8%
1946 8,094 +2.1%
1954 8,841 +9.2%
1962 10,006 +13.2%
1968 11,049 +10.4%
1975 13,491 +22.1%
1982 14,557 +7.9%
1990 15,312 +5.2%
1999 14,966 −2.3%
2008 14,831 −0.9%

Sights[edit]

Twin towns[edit]

Château-Thierry is twinned with:[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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