Chauvigny

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Chauvigny
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Coat of arms of Chauvigny
Coat of arms
Chauvigny is located in France
Chauvigny
Chauvigny
Coordinates: 46°34′10″N 0°38′51″E / 46.5694°N 0.6475°E / 46.5694; 0.6475Coordinates: 46°34′10″N 0°38′51″E / 46.5694°N 0.6475°E / 46.5694; 0.6475
Country France
Region Poitou-Charentes
Department Vienne
Arrondissement Montmorillon
Canton Chauvigny
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Gérard Herbert
Area
 • Land1 95.82 km2 (37.00 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 7,050
 • Population2 density 74/km2 (190/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 86070 / 86300
Elevation 61–149 m (200–489 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.

Chauvigny is a commune in the Vienne department in the Poitou-Charentes region in western France.

Chauvigny is located 20 miles (32 km) east of Poitiers by rail. The town is situated overlooking the Vienne River and a small brook. Chauvigny is twinned with Billericay in Essex, England.

Sights[edit]

Chauvigny features two interesting Romanesque churches, both restored in modern times. There are also ruins of a château of the bishops of Poitiers, and of several other strongholds.

Near Chauvigny is the curious bone-cavern of Jioux, the entrance to which is fortified by large blocks of stone.

Economy[edit]

The town carries on limeburning and plaster-manufacture, and there are stone quarries in the vicinity. Trade is in wool and feathers.

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