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Château-Gontier seen from the Europe Bridge
Château-Gontier seen from the Europe Bridge
Coat of arms of Château-Gontier
Coat of arms
Château-Gontier is located in France
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
Country France
Region Pays de la Loire
Department Mayenne
Arrondissement Château-Gontier
Canton 2 cantons
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Philippe Henry
Area1 27.88 km2 (10.76 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 11,025
 • Density 400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 53062 / 53200
Elevation 26–99 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.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Château-Gontier (French pronunciation: ​[ʃɑto ɡɔ̃tje]) is a commune in the Mayenne department in north-western France.[1]

It is about 30 km (19 mi) south of Laval,[1] 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.

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. to Philippe de Comines. The town suffered severely during the wars of the League. In 1793 it was occupied by the Vendeans.[1]


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  1. ^ a b c Wikisource-logo.svg Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Château-Gontier". Encyclopædia Britannica. 5 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 963.