Saint-Cannat

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Saint-Cannat
Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Saint-Cannat
Coat of arms
Saint-Cannat is located in France
Saint-Cannat
Saint-Cannat
Coordinates: 43°37′12″N 5°17′55″E / 43.62°N 5.2986°E / 43.62; 5.2986Coordinates: 43°37′12″N 5°17′55″E / 43.62°N 5.2986°E / 43.62; 5.2986
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Bouches-du-Rhône
Arrondissement Aix-en-Provence
Canton Lambesc
Intercommunality Pays d'Aix
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jacky Gérard
Area
 • Land1 36.54 km2 (14.11 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 5,347
 • Population2 density 150/km2 (380/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 13091 / 13760
Elevation 159–391 m (522–1,283 ft)
(avg. 212 m or 696 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.

Saint-Cannat is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in southern France.

History[edit]

The village was named after Canus Natus in the fifth century, who was a Roman clergyman born with white hair, a quirk synonymous with great wisdom at the time.[1] He was buried in Saint-Cannat, although there was no such place at the time, but soon enough several houses were built into a hamlet.[1]

In the twelfth century, Archbishop Pierre mentioned, 'Castrum Santi - Cannati' in a paper.[1]

In the thirteenth century, villagers turned on their archbishop and pledged allegiance to the Lord of the Baux-de-Provence, and then to the Kings of Sicily (namely, Frederic III of Aragon, or perhaps Louis XIII). This, however, only lasted three years. In the same century, the Knights Templar established a settlement there.[1]

On 11 June 1909 there was a terrible earthquake that destroyed nearly everything, yet things were re-built in the same style.[1] Both in 1984 and 1994 huge floods ravaged most houses.[1]

It has retained several fountains dating back to the 17th and 18th century, the remains of the medieval ramparts and the chateau, which today houses the town hall and museum. The Route nationale 7 bisects the village. There is a polo club, Polo Club de Saint Cannat, opened in the 1970s.[2] There is also an entertainment park called Village des automates.[3] It is also home to the winery Château de Beaupré, started by Baron Emile Double (1869-1938) in 1890.[4]

The creek Budéou runs through the village.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1793 1,759 —    
1800 2,009 +14.2%
1806 1,921 −4.4%
1821 1,813 −5.6%
1831 1,655 −8.7%
1836 1,701 +2.8%
1841 1,721 +1.2%
1846 1,994 +15.9%
1851 2,006 +0.6%
1856 1,983 −1.1%
1861 1,929 −2.7%
1866 1,812 −6.1%
1872 1,710 −5.6%
1876 1,535 −10.2%
1881 1,403 −8.6%
1886 1,269 −9.6%
1891 1,235 −2.7%
1896 1,212 −1.9%
1901 1,292 +6.6%
1906 1,232 −4.6%
1911 1,278 +3.7%
1921 1,058 −17.2%
1926 1,135 +7.3%
1931 1,137 +0.2%
1936 1,074 −5.5%
1946 1,034 −3.7%
1954 1,086 +5.0%
1962 1,254 +15.5%
1968 1,675 +33.6%
1975 1,862 +11.2%
1982 2,384 +28.0%
1990 3,918 +64.3%
1999 4,626 +18.1%
2008 5,347 +15.6%

People from Saint-Cannat[edit]

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