Les Tourailles

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Les Tourailles
Les Tourailles is located in France
Les Tourailles
Les Tourailles
Coordinates: 48°46′00″N 0°24′00″W / 48.7667°N 0.4°W / 48.7667; -0.4Coordinates: 48°46′00″N 0°24′00″W / 48.7667°N 0.4°W / 48.7667; -0.4
Country France
Region Normandy
Department Orne
Arrondissement Argentan
Canton Athis-de-l'Orne
Intercommunality Communauté de communes du Bocage d'Athis
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Odile Gauquelin
Area1 2.46 km2 (0.95 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 71
 • Density 29/km2 (75/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 61489 /61100
Elevation 159–254 m (522–833 ft)
(avg. 190 m or 620 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.

Les Tourailles is a commune in the Orne département and the region of Normandy in north-western France. On 1 January 2016, it was merged into the new commune of Athis-Val-de-Rouvre.[1]


  • Watercourses: The river Rouvre.


  • Notre-Dame de la Recouvrance chapel, departure point for pilgrimages since the 9th century.


List of Mayors
Start End Name Party Profession
 ? March 2001 Paul Le Secq - -
March 2001 current Odile Gauquelin Independent -


Historical population of Les Tourailles
(Source: INSEE[2])
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2012
Population 102 84 74 96 102 67 76 71
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

Sites and monuments[edit]

  • Basilica of the Notre-Dame de la Recouvrance chapel, completed in 1939.
  • 16th-century castle keep, a good ensemble with two pavilions.
  • Bridge of Tourailles, the remains of a Roman bridge.
  • Pilgrimages on 8 September and 31 May.

People associated with Les Tourailles[edit]

  • Antoine de Montchrestien (born Falaise, Calvados 1570,[3] died Les Tourailles 1621). Poet and author. Known by the name of 'Vatteville'. He tried to revive the religious wars of the sixteenth century but was killed when making a traveller's stop in Les Tourailles.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Arrêté préfectoral 16 December 2015 (in French)
  2. ^ Les Tourailles on the INSEE site (in French) 
  3. ^ The main biographical article gives his year of birth as c. 1575, as does the French biographical article.