|• Mayor (2001–2008)||Christian Vlaeminck|
|• Land1||33.4 km2 (12.9 sq mi)|
|• Population2 Density||200/km2 (530/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||80253 / 80600|
|Elevation||52–152 m (171–499 ft)
(avg. 64 m or 210 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.
Its inhabitants are called Doullennais and Doullennaises.
Doullens is situated on the N25 road, in the northern part of the department, straddling the river Authie, the border with the Pas-de-Calais. Doullens is practically mid-way on the intersection of these axes :
- Abbeville - Arras
- Amiens - Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise
- Crécy-en-Ponthieu - Bapaume
- Auxi-le-Château - Acheux-en-Amiénois
- Doullens, the ancient Dulincum, was seat of a viscountship under the counts of Vermandois then of Ponthieu (Hare) and an important stronghold in the Middle Ages.
- In 1225, the town became part of France.
- In 1475 it was burnt by Louis XI for openly siding with the Duke of Burgundy. It received its name Doullens-le-Hardi from its gallant defense in 1523 against the Anglo-Burgundian army.
- In 1595 it was besieged and occupied by the Spaniards, who massacred the entire population. It was restored to France by the Peace of Vervins (1598).
- On 26 March 1918, orders giving General Foch overall command of the allied forces on the western front were signed in a room in the town hall.
Sites and monuments
Sites and monuments include:
- the ruins of Saint-Pierre, partly of the 13th century, used as a barn in the nineteenth century (Hare).
- Notre-Dame church.
- the early 17th century brick belfry.
- the Citadelle, built by Vauban, which has often served as a state prison, and later, a reformatory for girls. When Victor Hugo saw the Citadel in August 1837, the famous writer said, "I don't like citadels!"
Infinita decus lilia mihi prestant
Summer Carnival in Doullens (2009)
|From the year 1962 on: population without double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.|
- Augustus Hare, North-eastern France 1896:76.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Doullens.|
- Doullens on the Doullennais site (French)
- Site of Vals d'Authie, Nièvre, and Somme (French)
- Doullens on the Quid site (French)
- Official commune site (French)
- Site of the tourist office (French)
- Photos (French)