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Coat of arms of Montreuil-Bellay
Coat of arms
Montreuil-Bellay is located in France
Coordinates: 47°07′56″N 0°09′08″W / 47.1322°N 0.1522°W / 47.1322; -0.1522Coordinates: 47°07′56″N 0°09′08″W / 47.1322°N 0.1522°W / 47.1322; -0.1522
Country France
Region Pays de la Loire
Department Maine-et-Loire
Arrondissement Saumur
Canton Montreuil-Bellay (chef-lieu)
Intercommunality Saumur Loire Développement
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Paul Loupias
Area1 48.96 km2 (18.90 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 4,060
 • Density 83/km2 (210/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 49215 / 49260
Elevation 29–73 m (95–240 ft)
(avg. 54 m or 177 ft)
Website Official website

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.

Montreuil-Bellay is a commune in the Maine-et-Loire department in western France.

It is located c. 15 km to the south of Saumur, and is famous for the Château de Montreuil-Bellay, which is situated in the town.

Montreuil-Bellay is on the River Thouet, and was the head of navigation until navigation ceased at the beginning of the 20th century. The navigation works were undertaken in the 15th century by the lords of Montreuil-Bellay, who in turn were granted letters patent by King Charles VII allowing them to raise a tax on wine that would pass through their land.[2][3]

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  1. ^ populations légales 2006 sur le site de l’INSEE
  2. ^ "Thouet". Wikipedia France. 2008-05-28. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  3. ^ Bouchet, François. La Vallée du Thouet. pp. 124–128.