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A general view of Arcenant
A general view of Arcenant
Coat of arms of Arcenant
Coat of arms
Location of Arcenant
Arcenant is located in France
Arcenant is located in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Coordinates: 47°08′25″N 4°50′48″E / 47.1403°N 4.8467°E / 47.1403; 4.8467Coordinates: 47°08′25″N 4°50′48″E / 47.1403°N 4.8467°E / 47.1403; 4.8467
 • Mayor (2008–2020) Jean-Paul Sérafin
10.12 km2 (3.91 sq mi)
 • Density52/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
21017 /21700
Elevation305–591 m (1,001–1,939 ft)
(avg. 337 m or 1,106 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Arcenant is a French commune in the Côte-d'Or department in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region of eastern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Arcenantais or Arcenantaises[2]


Located in the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, between Dijon and Beaune, Arcenant is 9 km west of Nuits-Saint-Georges and 16 km north of Beaune. Access to the commune is by the D25 road from Meuilley in the east passing through the village and continuing to join the D18 just west of the commune. The commune is heavily forested with some areas of farmland around the village and in the east.

The Raccordon rises west of the village and flows east through the village and on to join the Meuzin east of Meuilly.[3]

Neighbouring communes and villages[3][edit]


On 15 June 1944 German troops together with men from the French Milice attacked a hundred Maquis resistance fighters holed up in a place called La Grotte (The Cave). Fighting resulted in 39 dead attackers and 6 dead Maquis with 4 wounded. The six dead were: Serge Boillereau, Ferruccio Borillo, Louis Evrard, Jean Fiorese, Jean Poulet, and André Rebill. This feat of arms continues to be celebrated each year on the site of the battle.[4]


List of Successive Mayors[5]

From To Name Party Position
2001 2020 Jean-Paul Sérafin

(Not all data is known)


In 2009 the commune had 497 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

Population change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
380 392 430 420 491 542 547 549 559
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
563 560 588 545 552 557 539 484 440
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
445 416 378 305 318 301 270 278 271
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2009 -
260 271 233 257 414 451 - 497 -

Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

Population Graph for Arcenant

Sites and monuments[6][edit]

The Church of Saint Martin
An Antiphonary in the church
  • The Trou du Duc (The Duke's Hole), a cave in the side of a cliff from which there is a beautiful view, inhabited since antiquity[7]
  • The Puits à terre (Land Well), a well masoned similar to a conventional well but for collecting the soil from vines carried by the runoff water. There was enough remaining to restore in place.
  • The Groseille well, a large underground chamber 560m across and 30m deep
  • The Ecartelot Gallo-Roman site in the Arcenant communal forest. Located on a Roman road, it included a farm and a pool for drinking water, rare in Côte-d'Or.
  • A Fortified Priory from the 13th century.
  • A Tree of Liberty in the central square of the village.
  • 3 Lavoirs (Public Laundries) (19th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg are registered as historical monuments.[8]
  • The Parish Church of Saint-Martin (14th century) contains several items that are registered as historical objects:
    • A Painting: Ecstasy of Saint Angèle Merici (17th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[9]
    • A Statue: Virgin and child (13th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[10]
    • A Group Sculpture: Charity of Saint Martin (15th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[11]
    • All the Monumental Paintings in the Choir (1885)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[12]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by Law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002 Archived 6 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine, the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" allows, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For communes with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these communes is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force on 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.


  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Inhabitants of Côte-d'Or (in French)
  3. ^ a b Google Maps
  4. ^ Article in Bien Public of 26 June 2002, consulted on 25 December 2008. (in French)
  5. ^ List of Mayors of France
  6. ^ Article in Bien Public on 5 January 2006, consulted on 25 December 2008. (in French)
  7. ^ Memoirs, Historical, Archaeological, and Literary Society of the Arrondissement of Beaune, Archaeological Society of Beaune (Côte d'Or), Impr. Beaunoise. 1910. p. 33, consulted on 25 December 2008. (in French)
  8. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA21000604 Lavoir IA21000603 Lavoir at Le Racordon IA21000602 Lavoir at Chevrey(in French)
  9. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM21000050 Painting: Ecstasy of Saint Angèle Merici (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  10. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM21000049 Statue: Virgin and child (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  11. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM21000048 Group Sculpture: Charity of Saint Martin (in French)
  12. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM21008596 All the Monumental Paintings in the Choir (in French)Camera aabb.svg