The Mont Saint-Michel seen from the town's outskirts
|• Mayor||Patrick Larivière|
|• Land1||43.01 km2 (16.61 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||95/km2 (250/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||50410 / 50170|
|Elevation||5–73 m (16–240 ft)
(avg. 18 m or 59 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.
Pontorson is situated about 10 kilometres from the Mount, to which it is connected by highway and a walking path along the river Couesnon. The river also gives its name to the town's main street.
During World War II, after the liberation of the area by Allied Forces in 1944, engineers of the Ninth Air Force IX Engineering Command began construction of a combat Advanced Landing Ground outside of the town. Declared operational on 10 August, the airfield was designated as "A-28", it was used by the 368th Fighter Group which flew P-47 Thunderbolts until early September when the unit moved into Central France. Afterward, the airfield was closed.
Frantz Fanon practiced psychiatry at Pontorson in the early 1950s.
In 1990, Pontorson twinned with the village of Highworth in England.
- Notre-Dame church (11th-12th centuries). It is in Romanesque-transition Gothic style; it has a massive appearance with a central portal, flanked by two towers.
- Old Protestant Temple (16th century)
- Guischard de la Ménardière house (also known as "Roman House", 11th-12th centuries)
- Residence of the counts of Montgomery
Despite the town's role as a tourist gateway, train services are relatively rare, about three or four per day.
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- Johnson, David C. (1988), U.S. Army Air Forces Continental Airfields (ETO), D-Day to V-E Day; Research Division, USAF Historical Research Center, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
- Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
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