Sainte-Menehould

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For the arrondissement, see Arrondissement of Sainte-Menehould.
Sainte-Menehould
The town hall
The town hall
Coat of arms of Sainte-Menehould
Coat of arms
Sainte-Menehould is located in France
Sainte-Menehould
Sainte-Menehould
Coordinates: 49°05′00″N 4°54′00″E / 49.0833°N 4.9°E / 49.0833; 4.9Coordinates: 49°05′00″N 4°54′00″E / 49.0833°N 4.9°E / 49.0833; 4.9
Country France
Region Champagne-Ardenne
Department Marne
Arrondissement Sainte-Menehould
Canton Sainte-Menehould
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Bertrand Courot
Area
 • Land1 57.11 km2 (22.05 sq mi)
Population (1999)
 • Population2 4,979
 • Population2 density 87/km2 (230/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 51507 / 51800
Elevation 132–261 m (433–856 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.

Sainte-Menehould (French pronunciation: ​[sɛ̃t mənu]) is a commune in the Marne department in north-eastern France.

The town and its several restaurants pride themselves on serving a local specialty called pied de cochon or pig's trotter.

Dom Pérignon, the Benedictine monk who made important contributions to the production and quality of Champagne wine, and is often (erroneously) credited with its invention, was born in Saint-Menehould around 1638.

Among the historically aware Sainte-Menehould is remembered as the town where, in 1791, the king, Louis XVI was recognised, allegedly on account of the similarity between his face and the image of him that appeared on the coinage, during his attempted flight from Paris towards Flanders (then part of the Austrian empire and thereby ruled by his queen's older brother). The royal party left the town before the significance of the king's recognition had been acted upon, but they were pursued along the road towards Varennes and arrested by Citizen Drouet who is remembered as the local postmaster.

130 years later Ste-Menehould was important in the Champagne Riots of 1910/1911.

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United Kingdom Cupar, Fife, Scotland, UK

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