||This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the French Wikipedia. (December 2008)|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Jacky Gérard|
|• Land1||36.54 km2 (14.11 sq mi)|
|• 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.
The village was named after Canus Natus, a fifth century Roman Catholic Saint, who was a Roman clergyman born with white hair, a quirk synonymous with great wisdom at the time. 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.
In the twelfth century, Archbishop Pierre mentioned, 'Castrum Santi - Cannati' in a paper.
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.
On June 11, 1909, a terrible earthquake destroyed almost everything. Shortly after, the houses were re-built in the same architectural style. Both in 1984 and 1994 huge floods ravaged most houses.
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. There is also an entertainment park called Village des automates. It is also home to the winery Château de Beaupré, started by Baron Emile Double (1869-1938) in 1890.
The creek Budéou runs through the village.
People from Saint-Cannat
- Pierre André de Suffren de Saint Tropez was born in Saint-Cannat on 17 July 1729.
- Alphonse Tavernier, a poet, was born in Saint-Cannat on 27 November 1852.
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