Chelles, Seine-et-Marne

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Chelles
Chelles - Avenue de la Resistance.jpg
Location (in red) within Paris inner and outer suburbs
Location (in red) within Paris inner and outer suburbs
Coordinates: 48°53′00″N 2°36′00″E / 48.8833°N 2.6000°E / 48.8833; 2.6000Coordinates: 48°53′00″N 2°36′00″E / 48.8833°N 2.6000°E / 48.8833; 2.6000
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Seine-et-Marne
Arrondissement Torcy
Canton Chelles
Intercommunality Marne et Chantereine
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Paul Planchou
Area1 16.3 km2 (6.3 sq mi)
Population (2007)2 51,035
 • Density 3,100/km2 (8,100/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 77108 / 77500
Elevation 36–106 m (118–348 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.

Chelles is a commune in the eastern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located in the Seine-et-Marne department in the Île-de-France region 18 km (11 mi) from the center of Paris.


History[edit]

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Paleolithic artefacts were discovered by chance at Chelles by the pioneering nineteenth-century anthropologist Louis Laurent Gabriel de Mortillet (1821–1898); he named the corresponding cultural stage of the Paleolithic after the commune: «Chellean», nowadays known as «Oldowan».

At the Merovingian villa of Calae the abbey of Notre-Dame-des-Chelles was founded by Balthild, a seventh-century queen of the Franks. It was largely demolished at the time of the French Revolution.

Geography[edit]

There are two main streets in Chelles, Avenue Foch and Avenue de la Résistance.

Demographics[edit]

The inhabitants are called Chellois.

Transport[edit]

Chelles is served by Chelles – Gournay station on Paris RER line (E) and on the Transilien Paris – Est suburban rail line [T]({{[1]}}).

Avenue de la Résistance
Gournay-sur-Marne - Bridge.jpg

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