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Arcy-Sainte-Restitue is located in France
Coordinates: 49°15′13″N 3°27′56″E / 49.2536°N 3.4656°E / 49.2536; 3.4656Coordinates: 49°15′13″N 3°27′56″E / 49.2536°N 3.4656°E / 49.2536; 3.4656
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Aisne
Arrondissement Soissons
Canton Villers-Cotterêts
Intercommunality Oulchy le Château
 • Mayor (2008–2020) Daniel Fonte
Area1 26.43 km2 (10.20 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 414
 • Density 16/km2 (41/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 02022 /02130
Elevation 79–197 m (259–646 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.

Arcy-Sainte-Restitue is a commune in the department of Aisne in the Hauts-de-France region of northern France.


Arcy-Sainte-Restitue is located some 40 km west of Reims and 20 km south-east of Soissons. The main access to the commune is by the D6 road from the north which passes through the heart of the commune and continues south to join the D2 near Saponay. The village is accessed by the D1210 road coming from Hartennes-et-Taux in the west to the village then continuing south-west to join the D6. The D22 road also comes from Ouchy-le-Chateau in the south-west to the village then continuing north-east to join the D6 in the north of the commune. The D83 road also passes through the north of the commune crossing the D6 at the northern border and continuing south-east to the western border of the commune. The commune is mostly farmland with some areas of forest to north, south, east, and west.[1]

The Ruisseau de Chouy rises west of the village and flows east through the village and the commune to join the Muze river at the western border of the commune.[1]

Neighbouring communes and villages[1][edit]


In 852 the Count of Moreuil, Lord of Picardy, went to Rome to defend Pope Leo IV against the threat of invasion by the Saracens. In appreciation of his services, the pope acceded to the wish of the Count to return the remains of Saint Restituta to France. To return to the count's lordship, the convoy passed through Arcy. There, the soldiers laid the Chasse containing the relics of the saint. Upon departure, the Chasse became very heavy and soldiers could not put it back on the wagon. There were then two miracles: a fountain spouted and a mother passing near the shrine with her stillborn child in her arms saw her child lived and said, "Stay here, stay here". The Count left the Chasse in the chapel of Saint Martin.

In 863 King Louis II of France ordered that the holy relics be moved to escape the ravages of the Vikings. The remains of Saint Restitue were thoroughly dispersed.

A Chasse dedicated to the saint is visible in the church. It is carved wood with brass ornaments decorated in gold from the 17th century.

In 2006 ADSL service arrived at Arcy-Sainte-Restitue.

On 14 July 2008 Arcy-Sainte-Restitue was the first town in Aisne to host the fireworks brigade of Reims for an artistic performance in the Kropalm Festival.

Before the war, the small hamlet of Servenay had a small chapel which was at the centre of the hamlet a few metres from the square. The only evidence of its existence is recorded in the archives of the village.


List of Successive Mayors of Arcy-Sainte-Restitue[2]

From To Name Party Position
2001 2008 Guy Hobreaux DVD
2008 2020 Daniel Fonte

(Not all data is known)


Before 1973, the municipalities of Arcy-Sainte-Restores and Branges (02113) were distinct and their population was counted separately.

In 2012 the commune had 414 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known through the population censuses conducted in the town since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of municipalities 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
506 520 528 566 563 597 672 736 706
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
690 637 632 590 640 609 599 568 610
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
564 577 591 456 511 508 487 550 557
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2007 2010
486 481 373 360 328 369 420 427 427

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

Population of Arcy-Sainte-Restitue

Culture and heritage[edit]

Civil heritage[edit]

The former Chateau of Branges (16th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg is registered as an historical monument.[3]

  • 3 Lavoirs (Public Laundries): one at Arcy, another at Branges, and another at Servenay.[4]

Religious heritage[edit]

The Church of Saint Martin (12th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg is registered as an historical monument.[5] The Church contains many items that are registered as historical objects:

  • Part of a Mural: Greenery of birds (17th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[6]
  • A Bas-relief and a Retable from the Altar in the Chapel of the Virgin (17th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[7]
  • A Lectern (17th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[8]
  • 2 Consoles (18th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[9]
  • The Panelling on the Walls (18th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[10]
  • The Panelling on the Walls (3) (17th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[11]
  • A Baptismal font (12th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[12]
  • A Cross (17th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[13]
  • A Chasse of Saint Restitue (12th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[14]

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 [1], the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" which allow, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For municipalities with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these municipalities 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. ^ a b c Google Maps
  2. ^ List of Mayors of France
  3. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00115504 Chateau of Branges (French)
  4. ^ Public Laundries website
  5. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00115505 Church of Saint Martin (French)Camera aabb.svg
  6. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM02001414 Part of a Mural: Greenery of birds (French)
  7. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM02000035 Bas-relief and a Retable from the Altar in the Chapel of the Virgin (French)
  8. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM02000034 Lectern (French)
  9. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM02000033 2 Consoles (French)Camera aabb.svg
  10. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM02000032 Panelling on the Walls (French)
  11. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM02000031 Panelling on the Walls (3) (French)
  12. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM02000030 Baptismal font (French)
  13. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM02000029 Cross (French)
  14. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM02000028 Chasse of Saint Restitue (French)