Ensigné

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Ensigné
The commandry
The commandry
Ensigné is located in France
Ensigné
Ensigné
Coordinates: 46°05′19″N 0°14′35″W / 46.0886°N 0.2431°W / 46.0886; -0.2431Coordinates: 46°05′19″N 0°14′35″W / 46.0886°N 0.2431°W / 46.0886; -0.2431
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Deux-Sèvres
Arrondissement Niort
Canton Brioux-sur-Boutonne
Intercommunality Val de Boutonne
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Bernard Belaud
Area1 20.30 km2 (7.84 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 277
 • Density 14/km2 (35/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 79111 /79170
Elevation 55–149 m (180–489 ft)
(avg. 413 m or 1,355 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.

Ensigné is a commune in the Deux-Sèvres department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in western France.

Geography[edit]

The surrounding countryside is densely wooded. The village is close to the forest of Ensigné and of Aulnay.

The kindergarten and primary school have been merged with those of Asnières-en-Poitou and Paizay-le-Chapt, none of the three individual villages having a population above 300 by the start of the twenty-first century.

History[edit]

The history of the village is closely linked to that of the Knights Templar. Ensigné contains a Templar command post comprising fortifications, a chapel and a castle. Today the site is privately owned: the castle itself is in a ruined condition, but two separate properties have been created from the part including the former chapel.

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