Colleville-Montgomery

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Colleville-Montgomery
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Coat of arms of Colleville-Montgomery
Coat of arms
Colleville-Montgomery is located in France
Colleville-Montgomery
Colleville-Montgomery
Coordinates: 49°17′00″N 0°18′00″W / 49.2833°N 0.3000°W / 49.2833; -0.3000Coordinates: 49°17′00″N 0°18′00″W / 49.2833°N 0.3000°W / 49.2833; -0.3000
Country France
Region Lower Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Caen
Canton Ouistreham
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Guy Legrand
Area
 • Land1 7.74 km2 (2.99 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 2,191
 • Population2 density 280/km2 (730/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 14166 / 14880
Elevation 3–58 m (9.8–190.3 ft)
(avg. 10 m or 33 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.

Colleville-Montgomery (Colleville-sur-Orne) is a commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region in northern France. It was known as Colleville-sur-Orne until June 13, 1946, to distinguish it from another town in the department, also in a coastal location, Colleville-sur-Mer. The new name honoured the British commander Sir Bernard Montgomery who commanded the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. There are two towns, Calvados Sainte-Foy-de-Montgomery and Saint-Germain-de- Montgomery in the area, but they are named for Montgomery's family ancestors. They were part of William the Conqueror's invading army in 1066 and settled in England.

Sights[edit]

  • The Church

Built by Saint-Vigor, Bishop of the city of Bayeux (511-531), during the 11th and 12th centuries, it has two choirs and a Romanesque nave.

The first bay consists in barrel vaults. The other vaults are more recent, built at the same time as the arches which lead to the second choir, from the eighteenth century.

The side tower from the twelfth century is of Romanesque design, with a terrace on top surrounded by a parapet, and contains three bells. The bell tower, partially destroyed during the liberation of the area, was reconstructed.

The windows were designed in the style of Gothic architecture and their stained glass were restored after World War II.

  • Hillman Battery

Built by the German army in 1942, it consists of 18 underground blockaus which are being restored since 1990 by an association called "Les Amis du Suffolk Régiment". Free guided visits are organised during the summer.

  • La Redoute

Located at the end of Vauban street, this fortification was built in 1779 according to a design by Vauban. Half of it still remains visible.

Tourism[edit]

There is a camping place located about 200 m from the beach.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1968 563 —    
1975 780 +38.5%
1982 1,430 +83.3%
1990 1,926 +34.7%
1999 1,925 −0.1%
2008 2,191 +13.8%

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