Château-Gontier

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Château-Gontier
Château-Gontier seen from the Europe Bridge
Château-Gontier seen from the Europe Bridge
Coat of arms of Château-Gontier
Coat of arms
Location of Château-Gontier
Château-Gontier is located in France
Château-Gontier
Château-Gontier
Château-Gontier is located in Pays de la Loire
Château-Gontier
Château-Gontier
Coordinates: 47°49′43″N 0°42′10″W / 47.8286°N 0.7028°W / 47.8286; -0.7028Coordinates: 47°49′43″N 0°42′10″W / 47.8286°N 0.7028°W / 47.8286; -0.7028
CountryFrance
RegionPays de la Loire
DepartmentMayenne
ArrondissementChâteau-Gontier
CantonChâteau-Gontier
CommuneChâteau-Gontier-sur-Mayenne
Area
1
27.88 km2 (10.76 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
12,348
 • Density440/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal code
53200
Elevation26–99 m (85–325 ft)
(avg. 83 m or 272 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Château-Gontier (French pronunciation: ​[ʃɑto ɡɔ̃tje]) is a former commune in the Mayenne department in north-western France. On 1 January 2019, it was merged into the new commune Château-Gontier-sur-Mayenne.[2]

Geography[edit]

It is about 30 km (19 mi) south of Laval,[3] the préfecture of the department of Mayenne. Château-Gontier is home to the Refuge de l'Arche[1], a refuge for abandoned or mistreated animals.

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History[edit]

There are chalybeate springs close to the town. Château-Gontier owes its origin and its name to a castle erected in the first half of the 11th century by Gunther, the steward of Fulk Nerra of Anjou, on the site of a farm belonging to the monks of St Aubin d’Angers. On the extinction of the family, the lordship was assigned by Louis XI of France to Philippe de Comines. The town suffered severely during the wars of the League. In 1793 it was occupied by the Vendeans.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Arrêté préfectoral 14 November 2018 ‹See Tfd›(in French)
  3. ^ a b Wikisource Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Château-Gontier" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 5 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 963.