Chenonceaux

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Chenonceaux
Chenonceau Château and the Cher River
Chenonceau Château and the Cher River
Coat of arms of Chenonceaux
Coat of arms
Chenonceaux is located in France
Chenonceaux
Chenonceaux
Coordinates: 47°19′59″N 1°04′09″E / 47.3331°N 1.0692°E / 47.3331; 1.0692Coordinates: 47°19′59″N 1°04′09″E / 47.3331°N 1.0692°E / 47.3331; 1.0692
Country France
Region Centre
Department Indre-et-Loire
Arrondissement Tours
Canton Bléré
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Michel Le Goff
Area
 • Land1 4.33 km2 (1.67 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Population2 353
 • Population2 density 82/km2 (210/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 37070 / 37150
Elevation 54–129 m (177–423 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.

Chenonceaux is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France.

It is situated in the valley of the river Cher, a tributary of the Loire, about 26 km (16 mi) east of Tours and on the right bank of the Cher].

The population of permanent residents hovers about 400, as of 2012, but there is a large influx of tourists during the summer months, because the village adjoins the former royal Château de Chenonceau, one of the most popular tourist destinations in France. The chateau is distinctive in being built across the river. The village is also situated in Touraine-Chenonceaux wine-growing area, and bordered on its northern edge by the Forest of Amboise.

Name[edit]

The difference in spelling between the Château's name (Chenonceau) and the village (Chenonceaux) is attributed to Louise Dupin de Francueil, owner of the chateau during the French Revolution, who is said to have dropped the "x" at the end of its name to differentiate what was a symbol of royalty from the Republic. As a result of her good relations with the village, the Chateau was spared the iconoclastic damage suffered by many other monuments during the Revolution. Although no official sources have been found to support this claim, the Château has ever since been referred to and spelled as Chenonceau. Mme Dupin hosted the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau in Chenonceau as tutor to her children, and among her descendants was the writer Georges Sand, born Aurore Dupin.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1793 308 —    
1800 366 +18.8%
1806 327 −10.7%
1821 363 +11.0%
1831 313 −13.8%
1836 320 +2.2%
1841 333 +4.1%
1846 328 −1.5%
1851 356 +8.5%
1856 366 +2.8%
1861 368 +0.5%
1866 398 +8.2%
1872 379 −4.8%
1876 390 +2.9%
1881 434 +11.3%
1886 410 −5.5%
1891 352 −14.1%
1896 379 +7.7%
1901 326 −14.0%
1906 323 −0.9%
1911 308 −4.6%
1921 356 +15.6%
1926 328 −7.9%
1931 296 −9.8%
1936 302 +2.0%
1946 292 −3.3%
1954 321 +9.9%
1962 301 −6.2%
1968 308 +2.3%
1975 316 +2.6%
1982 361 +14.2%
1990 313 −13.3%
1999 325 +3.8%
2006 339 +4.3%
2009 353 +4.1%

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