Ancenis

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Ancenis
From top to bottom, left to right: The Château d'Ancenis, the flags above the town hall, the town hall, the Ancenis Bridge, St. Peter's Church, the Halles in Ancenis, and a panoramic view of Ancenis.
From top to bottom, left to right: The Château d'Ancenis, the flags above the town hall, the town hall, the Ancenis Bridge, St. Peter's Church, the Halles in Ancenis, and a panoramic view of Ancenis.
Coat of arms of Ancenis
Coat of arms
Ancenis is located in France
Ancenis
Ancenis
Coordinates: 47°22′24″N 1°17′37″W / 47.3733°N 1.2936°W / 47.3733; -1.2936Coordinates: 47°22′24″N 1°17′37″W / 47.3733°N 1.2936°W / 47.3733; -1.2936
Country France
Region Pays de la Loire
Department Loire-Atlantique
Arrondissement Châteaubriant-Ancenis
Canton Ancenis
Intercommunality Pays d'Ancenis
Government
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Jean-Michel Tobie
Area1 20.07 km2 (7.75 sq mi)
Population (2014)2 7,461
 • Density 370/km2 (960/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 44003 /44150
Elevation 5–41 m (16–135 ft)
(avg. 13 m or 43 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.

Ancenis (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃s.ni]; Breton: Ankiniz) is a commune in the Loire-Atlantique department in western France. It is a sub-prefecture of the department.

It played a great historical role as a key location on the road to Nantes (23 miles to the southwest), the historical capital of Brittany. It was named "the key of Brittany" [1] and the door of Brittany.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 3,295 —    
1800 2,923 −11.3%
1806 2,945 +0.8%
1821 3,888 +32.0%
1831 3,749 −3.6%
1836 3,667 −2.2%
1841 3,802 +3.7%
1846 3,824 +0.6%
1851 3,689 −3.5%
1856 4,198 +13.8%
1861 4,628 +10.2%
1866 4,148 −10.4%
1872 4,358 +5.1%
1876 5,177 +18.8%
1881 5,361 +3.6%
1886 5,544 +3.4%
1891 5,141 −7.3%
1896 5,048 −1.8%
1901 5,199 +3.0%
1906 4,998 −3.9%
1911 5,013 +0.3%
1921 4,222 −15.8%
1926 3,942 −6.6%
1931 4,040 +2.5%
1936 4,149 +2.7%
1946 4,815 +16.1%
1954 5,050 +4.9%
1962 5,102 +1.0%
1968 5,648 +10.7%
1975 6,997 +23.9%
1982 7,076 +1.1%
1990 6,896 −2.5%
1999 7,009 +1.6%
2006 7,407 +5.7%
2009 7,543 +1.8%

Sights[edit]

  • Château d'Ancenis, a medieval and Renaissance castle
  • The Loire river on which Ancenis is located (on the north bank)
  • Church of Saint Peter, 15-16-17th century
  • Chapel of the Ursulines
  • Chapel Notre-Dame de Délivrance
  • Old quarter with mediaeval houses
  • Dolmen at Pierre-Couvretière

Sport[edit]

The soccer team is called RCA 44, (Racing Club D'Ancenis 44)

Personalities[edit]

Twin towns[edit]

Ancenis is twinned with the town of Kirkham, in Lancashire, UK.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chateau d'Ancenis, accessed 25 June 2016