Saint-Cannat

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
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
Area1 36.54 km2 (14.11 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 5,347
 • 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, a fifth century Roman Catholic Saint, 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).[1] This, however, only lasted three years.[1] In the same century, the Knights Templar established a settlement there.[1]

On June 11, 1909, a terrible earthquake destroyed almost everything.[1] Shortly after, the houses were re-built in the same architectural 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.[1] 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]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]