Chelles, Seine-et-Marne

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For other places with the same name, see Chelles (disambiguation).
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Location (in red) within Paris inner and outer suburbs
Location (in red) within Paris inner and outer suburbs
Coordinates: 48°53′00″N 2°36′00″E / 48.8833°N 2.6000°E / 48.8833; 2.6000Coordinates: 48°53′00″N 2°36′00″E / 48.8833°N 2.6000°E / 48.8833; 2.6000
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Seine-et-Marne
Arrondissement Torcy
Canton Chelles
Intercommunality Marne et Chantereine
 • Mayor (2014-) Brice Rabaste
Area1 16.3 km2 (6.3 sq mi)
Population (2007)2 51,035
 • Density 3,100/km2 (8,100/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 77108 / 77500
Elevation 36–106 m (118–348 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.

Chelles is a commune in the eastern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located in the Seine-et-Marne department in the Île-de-France region 18 km (11 mi) from the center of Paris.


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Paleolithic artefacts were discovered by chance at Chelles by the pioneering nineteenth-century anthropologist Louis Laurent Gabriel de Mortillet (1821–1898); he named the corresponding cultural stage of the Paleolithic after the commune: «Chellean», nowadays known as «Oldowan».

At the Merovingian villa of Calae the abbey of Notre-Dame-des-Chelles was founded by Balthild, a seventh-century queen of the Franks. It was largely demolished at the time of the French Revolution.


There are two main streets in Chelles, Avenue Foch and Avenue de la Résistance.


The inhabitants are called Chellois.


Chelles is served by Chelles – Gournay station on Paris RER line RER E and on the Transilien Paris – Est suburban rail line TransilienTransilien Paris – Est.


File:Chelles ile Refuge.jpg|Île Refuge, in the Marne river, is part of the Local Nature Reserve of the islands of Chelles

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