Aubigné-Racan

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Aubigné-Racan
The ruins of the theatre
The ruins of the theatre
Coat of arms of Aubigné-Racan
Coat of arms
Location of Aubigné-Racan
Aubigné-Racan is located in France
Aubigné-Racan
Aubigné-Racan
Aubigné-Racan is located in Pays de la Loire
Aubigné-Racan
Aubigné-Racan
Coordinates: 47°41′29″N 0°16′07″E / 47.6914°N 0.2686°E / 47.6914; 0.2686Coordinates: 47°41′29″N 0°16′07″E / 47.6914°N 0.2686°E / 47.6914; 0.2686
CountryFrance
RegionPays de la Loire
DepartmentSarthe
ArrondissementLa Flèche
CantonLe Lude
IntercommunalityCC Sud Sarthe
Government
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Philippe Leguet
Area
1
32.03 km2 (12.37 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
2,153
 • Density67/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
72620 /72800
Elevation37–118 m (121–387 ft)
(avg. 31 m or 102 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Aubigné-Racan is a commune in the Sarthe department in the region of Pays-de-la-Loire in north-western France.

Sights[edit]

The town has a Romanesque church from the 11th century.

Aubigné-Racan is the site of the archeological excavation of Cherré, a Gallo-Roman complex of 20 hectares from the 1st to the 3rd centuries. The site was likely a rural centre of commercial and religious activity before the Roman conquest. Excavations in 1977 by C. Lambert and J. Rioufreyt discovered an ancient theatre, two temples, Roman thermae, a forum and an aqueduct.

In the surrounding countryside, one can also find prehistoric standing stones, or dolmens ("dolmen de la Pierre" and "dolmen du Colombier").

People[edit]

Aubigné-Racan is the birthplace of the 17th century poet and dramatist Honorat de Bueil, seigneur de Racan. His birthplace, the Manoir de Champmarin, is still standing.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.