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Porte du Martray in Loudun
Porte du Martray in Loudun
Coat of arms of Loudun
Coat of arms
Loudun is located in France
Location within Nouvelle-Aquitaine region
Loudun is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Coordinates: 47°00′38″N 0°05′04″E / 47.0106°N 0.0844°E / 47.0106; 0.0844Coordinates: 47°00′38″N 0°05′04″E / 47.0106°N 0.0844°E / 47.0106; 0.0844
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Vienne
Arrondissement Châtellerault
Canton Loudun
Intercommunality Pays Loudunais
 • Mayor (2014–2019) Joël Dazas
Area1 43.77 km2 (16.90 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 7,588
 • Density 170/km2 (450/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code 86137 /86200
Elevation 47–120 m (154–394 ft)
(avg. 90 m or 300 ft)
Website www.ville-loudun.fr

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.

Loudun (/lˈdʌn/; French pronunciation: ​[lu.dœ̃]) is a commune in the Vienne department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in western France.

It is located 30 km (19 mi) south of the town of Chinon and 25 km to the east of the town Thouars. The area south of Loudun is the place of origin of a significant portion of the Acadians, one of the early founding people of New France in Canada.[1]


Historical population of Loudun


An ancient town, Loudun contains numerous old streets, and buildings and monuments of which five are Government-listed monuments. It is also the location of a vicus type archaeological site.


Loudun in art[edit]


Loudun is the birthplace of:

Loudun is the place of death of:

  • Urbain Grandier (18 August 1634), French Catholic priest who was burned at the stake after being convicted of witchcraft.
  • André Andrejew (16 March 1967), French-Russian classic film production designer, built decors for movies produced in Germany, France, England and the US.

Twin towns[edit]

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Audun le Tiche, France; Shippagan, Canada; Leuze, Belgique; Burgos, Espagne.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gregory M. W. Kennedy, Something of a Peasant Paradise? Comparing Rural Societies in Acadie and the Loudunais, 1604-1755 (MQUP 2014).
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-01-01. Retrieved 2016-03-19.


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