Nemours

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Nemours
Castle of Nemours
Castle of Nemours
Nemours is located in France
Nemours
Nemours
Coordinates: 48°16′03″N 2°41′49″E / 48.2674°N 2.697°E / 48.2674; 2.697Coordinates: 48°16′03″N 2°41′49″E / 48.2674°N 2.697°E / 48.2674; 2.697
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Seine-et-Marne
Arrondissement Fontainebleau
Canton Nemours
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Valérie Lacroute (UMP)
Area
 • Land1 10.83 km2 (4.18 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 12,587
 • Population2 density 1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 77333 / 77140
Elevation 57–133 m (187–436 ft)
(avg. 62 m or 203 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.

Nemours is a commune in the Seine-et-Marne department in the Île-de-France region in north-central France.

Geography[edit]

Nemours is located on the Loing and its canal, c. 42 km (26 mi) south of Melun, on the Paris-Lyon railway.

History[edit]

Nemours is supposed to derive its name from the woods (nemora) in the midst of which it formerly stood, and discoveries of Gallo-Roman remains indicate its early origin. It was captured by the English in 1420, but derives its historical importance rather from the lordship (afterwards duchy) to which it gave its name. In 1585 a treaty revoking previous concessions to the Protestants was concluded at Nemours between Catherine de' Medici and the Guises.

Sights[edit]

The church, which dates mainly from the sixteenth century, has a handsome wooden spire. The feudal castle, erected around 1120 was turned into a museum in the 20th century. It has a central keep with four rounded towers.

A statue of the mathematician Bézout (d. 1783), a native of the town, was erected in 1885.

In the vicinity is a group of fine sandstone rocks, and sand is extensively quarried.

The castle and the church bordering the Loing river

Demographics[edit]

Inhabitants are called Nemouriens.

People[edit]

Nemours was the birthplace of:

Twin towns[edit]

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