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Town hall
Town hall
Doullens is located in France
Coordinates: 50°09′27″N 2°20′29″E / 50.1575°N 2.3414°E / 50.1575; 2.3414Coordinates: 50°09′27″N 2°20′29″E / 50.1575°N 2.3414°E / 50.1575; 2.3414
Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie
Department Somme
Arrondissement Amiens
Canton Doullens
Intercommunality Doullennais
 • Mayor (2001–2015) Christian Vlaeminck
Area1 33.4 km2 (12.9 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 6,820
 • Density 200/km2 (530/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 80253 / 80600
Elevation 52–152 m (171–499 ft)
(avg. 64 m or 210 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.

Doullens is a commune in the Somme department in Picardie in northern France.

Its inhabitants are called Doullennais and Doullennaises.[1]


Doullens is situated on the N25 road, in the northern part of the department, straddling the river Authie, the border with the Pas-de-Calais. Doullens is practically mid-way on the intersection of these axes :


  • Doullens, the ancient Dulincum, was seat of a viscountship under the counts of Vermandois then of Ponthieu (Hare) and an important stronghold in the Middle Ages.[2]
  • In 1225, the town became part of France.
  • In 1475 it was burnt by Louis XI for openly siding with the Duke of Burgundy.[2] It received its name Doullens-le-Hardi from its gallant defense in 1523 against the Anglo-Burgundian army.
  • In 1595 it was besieged and occupied by the Spaniards, who massacred the entire population. It was restored to France by the Peace of Vervins (1598).[2]
  • On 26 March 1918, orders giving General Foch overall command of the allied forces on the western front were signed in a room in the town hall.

Sites and monuments[edit]

Sites and monuments include:

  • the ruins of Saint-Pierre, partly of the 13th century, used as a barn in the nineteenth century (Hare).
  • Notre-Dame church.
  • the early 17th century brick belfry.
  • the Citadel, built by Vauban, which has often served as a state prison, and later, a reformatory for girls. When Victor Hugo saw the Citadel in August 1837, the famous writer said, "I don't like citadels!"

Town motto[edit]

Infinita decus lilia mihi prestant



Historical population of Doullens
Year 1936 1946 1954 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
Population 5770 5404 6169 6321 7119 7495 7054 6615 6279 6820
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Annuaire-Mairie"
  2. ^ a b c  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Doullens". Encyclopædia Britannica. 8 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 449. 

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