Mérignac, Gironde

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Mérignac
Castle of Bourran
Castle of Bourran
Coat of arms of Mérignac
Coat of arms
Mérignac is located in France
Mérignac
Mérignac
Coordinates: 44°50′19″N 0°38′37″W / 44.8386°N 0.6436°W / 44.8386; -0.6436Coordinates: 44°50′19″N 0°38′37″W / 44.8386°N 0.6436°W / 44.8386; -0.6436
Country France
Region Aquitaine
Department Gironde
Arrondissement Bordeaux
Canton Mérignac-1
Mérignac-2
Intercommunality Bordeaux
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Michel Sainte-Marie (PS)
Area
 • Land1 48.17 km2 (18.60 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 66,095
 • Population2 density 1,400/km2 (3,600/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 33281 / 33700
Elevation 12–53 m (39–174 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.

Mérignac (French pronunciation: ​[meʁiɲak]) is a commune in the Gironde department in Aquitaine in southwestern France.

It is the largest suburb of the city of Bordeaux and adjoins it to the west. It is a member of the metropolitan Urban Community of Bordeaux.

Mérignac is the site of Bordeaux International Airport.

Etymology[edit]

The name Mérignac derives from the Gallo-Roman word Matriniacus, name of a villa rustica (countryside villa) that was the origin of the today town.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1793 2,511 —    
1800 2,427 −3.3%
1806 3,039 +25.2%
1821 2,764 −9.0%
1831 3,097 +12.0%
1836 3,034 −2.0%
1841 3,276 +8.0%
1846 3,264 −0.4%
1851 3,648 +11.8%
1856 3,910 +7.2%
1861 4,284 +9.6%
1866 4,450 +3.9%
1876 4,967 +11.6%
1881 5,167 +4.0%
1886 5,735 +11.0%
1891 6,159 +7.4%
1896 6,713 +9.0%
1901 7,052 +5.0%
1906 7,421 +5.2%
1911 7,594 +2.3%
1921 9,515 +25.3%
1926 11,939 +25.5%
1931 15,363 +28.7%
1936 17,034 +10.9%
1946 21,417 +25.7%
1954 23,050 +7.6%
1962 32,355 +40.4%
1968 45,951 +42.0%
1975 50,652 +10.2%
1982 51,306 +1.3%
1990 57,273 +11.6%
1999 61,992 +8.2%
2008 66,095 +6.6%

Sights[edit]

  • Tour de Veyrines : Veyrines Dungeon.
  • Château Bourran : Bourran Castle
  • Château Le Burck : Le Burck Castle
  • Château aka Maison Noble du Parc or d'Espagne : Parc Castle or Spain Castle
  • Fontaine d'Arlac : Arlac Fountain
  • Immeuble Gillet : Gillet Building
  • La glacière : the icehouse
  • La vielle église : the old Roman church
  • Maison carrée d'Arlac : Arlac squarred house

Parks and gardens[edit]

  • Parc de Bourran :
  • Bois du Burck : Burck wood
  • Parc de Mérignac :
  • Parc Saint-Exupéry :
  • Parc du Vivier :

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Mérignac is twinned with:[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "National Commission for Decentralised cooperation". Délégation pour l’Action Extérieure des Collectivités Territoriales (Ministère des Affaires étrangères) (in French). Retrieved 2013-12-26. 

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