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Ruins of the church destroyed during World War I
Ruins of the church destroyed during World War I
Coat of arms of Ablain-Saint-Nazaire
Coat of arms
Ablain-Saint-Nazaire is located in France
Coordinates: 50°23′34″N 2°42′48″E / 50.3928°N 2.7133°E / 50.3928; 2.7133Coordinates: 50°23′34″N 2°42′48″E / 50.3928°N 2.7133°E / 50.3928; 2.7133
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Pas-de-Calais
Arrondissement Lens
Canton Bully-les-Mines
Intercommunality Lens-Liévin
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Dominique Robillart
Area1 9.85 km2 (3.80 sq mi)
Population (2014)2 1,779
 • Density 180/km2 (470/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 62001 /62153
Elevation 77–188 m (253–617 ft)
(avg. 95 m or 312 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.

Ablain-Saint-Nazaire is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in northern France.


A farming village located 8 miles (12 km) north of Arras, on the D57 road. It was rebuilt after being destroyed during World War I. The Saint-Nazaire stream, which passes through the commune, is a small tributary of the river Deûle.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 1,295 —    
1968 1,293 −0.2%
1975 1,388 +7.3%
1982 1,482 +6.8%
1990 1,715 +15.7%
1999 1,843 +7.5%
2005 1,890 +2.6%
2009 1,828 −3.3%


At the start of World War I, the Battle of Lorette lasted for 12 months, from October 1914 to October 1915, resulting in high casualties on both sides: 100,000 killed and as many wounded. A French national cemetery was built on 13 hectares nearby and comprises 20,000 graves, laid out irrespective of rank or military training. General Barbot has a private soldier buried next to him, on his right. In eight ossuaries, around the base of the lantern tower, are the remains of 22,970 unidentified soldiers. A portion of the cemetery has been reserved for Muslim soldiers.


  • The church of St. Pierre, dating from the twentieth century.
  • The ruins of the fifteenth century church, destroyed in World War I.
  • The war museum.

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