Clécy

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Clécy
A general view of Clécy
A general view of Clécy
Location of Clécy
Clécy is located in France
Clécy
Clécy
Clécy is located in Normandy
Clécy
Clécy
Coordinates: 48°55′01″N 0°28′54″W / 48.9169°N 0.4817°W / 48.9169; -0.4817Coordinates: 48°55′01″N 0°28′54″W / 48.9169°N 0.4817°W / 48.9169; -0.4817
CountryFrance
RegionNormandy
DepartmentCalvados
ArrondissementCaen
CantonThury-Harcourt
IntercommunalitySuisse Normande
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Michel Bar
Area
1
24.63 km2 (9.51 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
1,273
 • Density52/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
14162 /14570
Elevation31–261 m (102–856 ft)
(avg. 80 m or 260 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Clécy is a French Commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France.

In 1932 it was awarded the title The Capital of Norman Switzerland by the Tourism Minister Monsieur Gourdeau.

Geography[edit]

Clécy and its surroundings

Clécy is on the River Orne, in the middle of Norman Switzerland, about 35 kilometres (22 mi)s south of Caen. Covering 2,463 hectares (6,090 acres) it is the largest commune in the canton of Thury-Harcourt.

Called the "Capital of Norman Switzerland", this village owes its fame to the rugged and verdant Armorican massif, with valleys through which the Orne flows.

Plenty of outdoor activities are available: kayaking, paragliding, climbing, hill walking and mountain biking, taking advantage of the geology of Norman Switzerland.

History[edit]

The name "Clécy" is mentioned in 860 in the reign of Charles the Bald.

When French cantons were created, Clécy was the capital of the canton. This ceased to be the case after restructuring in 1801.

Clécy has a wealth of historical treasures: Châteaux and manor houses are spread all over Clécy and its surroundings. The Château de la Landelle is one of the oldest.

More recently, painters such as Pissaro, Moteley and Hardy have painted landscapes around Clécy.

Administration[edit]

Town hall of Clécy
Election Mayor Party Occupation
1989 Claude Hergault SE
2008 Michel Bar SE Farmer

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
19621,275—    
19681,238−2.9%
19751,187−4.1%
19821,197+0.8%
19901,182−1.3%
19991,252+5.9%
20081,225−2.2%

Its inhabitants are called Clécyens.

Economy[edit]

  • Fromagerie Vallée (Valley Cheesemaker)

Sights[edit]

Clécy town centre
  • The Château de La Landelle is one of the oldest monuments in the village. At its base it is in the form of a cross, originally on one floor, but was changed to two floors when the wings were reworked. In the Second World War it was occupied by the Germans.
  • Rochers des Parcs (Park rocks)
  • Pain de sucre (Sugarloaf)
  • Musée Hardy (Hardy Museum)
  • Musée du chemin de fer miniature (Museum of miniature trains)
  • Manoir de Placy (Placy Manor) (16th century)
  • Eglise St Pierre (St Paul's church) (15th century)
  • Clécy Viaduct (1866)

Personalities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

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