Saint-Dizier

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Saint-Dizier
Saint-Dizier Eglise Notre-Dame 200908.jpg
Coat of arms of Saint-Dizier
Coat of arms
Saint-Dizier is located in France
Saint-Dizier
Saint-Dizier
Coordinates: 48°38′18″N 4°56′59″E / 48.6383°N 4.9497°E / 48.6383; 4.9497Coordinates: 48°38′18″N 4°56′59″E / 48.6383°N 4.9497°E / 48.6383; 4.9497
Country France
Region Champagne-Ardenne
Department Haute-Marne
Arrondissement Saint-Dizier
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) François Cornut-Gentille
Area
 • Land1 47.69 km2 (18.41 sq mi)
Population (1999)
 • Population2 30,900
 • Population2 density 650/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 52448 / 52100

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-Dizier (French pronunciation: ​[sɛ̃.di.zje]) is a commune in the Haute-Marne department in north-eastern France.

It has a population of 31,000 (2003 figure) and is a subprefecture of the department. Although Saint-Dizier is marginally the most populous commune in Haute-Marne, the préfecture (capital) resides in the somewhat smaller commune of Chaumont.

Geography[edit]

Located approximately 120 miles (193 km) east of Paris, halfway to Strasbourg, it is five miles from Western Europe's largest man-made lake, Lake Der-Chantecoq.

History[edit]

The town originated as a fortified settlement around a thirteenth-century château, eventually becoming a royal fortress to guard the French kingdom's eastern approaches. The town was besieged and captured by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, in the summer of 1544. A fire in 1775 destroyed two-thirds of the town centre. The château was owned by the Orléans family until the French Revolution, was a base for German troops during World War II, and currently houses the Municipal Museum.

Notable people[edit]

Saint-Dizier is the birthplace of

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