Mont-Saint-Aignan

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Mont-Saint-Aignan
Coat of arms of Mont-Saint-Aignan
Coat of arms
Mont-Saint-Aignan is located in France
Mont-Saint-Aignan
Mont-Saint-Aignan
Coordinates: 49°27′47″N 1°05′18″E / 49.4630°N 1.0883°E / 49.4630; 1.0883Coordinates: 49°27′47″N 1°05′18″E / 49.4630°N 1.0883°E / 49.4630; 1.0883
Country France
Region Normandy
Department Seine-Maritime
Arrondissement Rouen
Canton Mont-Saint-Aignan
Intercommunality Métropole Rouen Normandie
Government
 • Mayor (2014 - 2020) Catherine Flavigny
Area1 7.94 km2 (3.07 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 19,798
 • Density 2,500/km2 (6,500/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 76451 / 76130
Elevation 44–171 m (144–561 ft)
(avg. 145 m or 476 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.

Mont-Saint-Aignan is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Haute-Normandie region in north-western France.

The inhabitants of the town of Mont-Saint-Aignan are "Mont-Saint-Aignanais".[1]

Due to the presence of higher education institutions (notably the University of Rouen and the NEOMA Business School) and the city's relatively small population, Mont-Saint-Aignan is considered the French city that has the largest proportion of students relative to its population (students represented in 2014 25,61% of the total population).[2]

Geography[edit]

The town is the fifth-largest suburb of the city of Rouen and lies directly adjacent to the north side of Rouen at the junction of the D 121 and D 43. In addition to its population of 21,265, there are also around 20,000 students at the University and the various Grandes Écoles.

History[edit]

The parishes of Saint-Aignan (Sanctum Anianum) and Mont-aux-Malades (Monte Infirmorum, which takes its name from a hospital) are mentioned in documents dating back to the 12th century. Henry II built a church there dedicated to Thomas Becket in 1176 in an attempt to make up for his unwitting role in the murder of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The modern commune of Mont-Saint-Aignan was created in the early 19th century (1815–1819) out of the merger of the communes of Monts-aux-Malades, Saint-Aignan and (partly) Saint-Denis-de-Bondeville.

Heraldry[edit]

Arms of Mont-Saint-Aignan
Arms of Mont-Saint-Aignan are blazoned :
Or, a leopard gules within a laurel wreath vert, and on a chief indented azure, 3 fleurs de lys and 2 half ones Or



People[edit]

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 625 —    
1800 976 +56.2%
1806 754 −22.7%
1821 1,617 +114.5%
1831 1,929 +19.3%
1836 2,116 +9.7%
1841 2,382 +12.6%
1846 2,369 −0.5%
1851 2,567 +8.4%
1856 2,603 +1.4%
1861 2,888 +10.9%
1866 3,045 +5.4%
1872 2,909 −4.5%
1876 2,985 +2.6%
1881 3,115 +4.4%
1886 3,408 +9.4%
1891 3,379 −0.9%
1896 3,729 +10.4%
1901 4,151 +11.3%
1906 4,242 +2.2%
1911 4,316 +1.7%
1921 4,942 +14.5%
1926 5,262 +6.5%
1931 5,588 +6.2%
1936 5,845 +4.6%
1946 6,585 +12.7%
1954 7,358 +11.7%
1962 9,989 +35.8%
1968 16,031 +60.5%
1975 19,146 +19.4%
1982 19,736 +3.1%
1990 19,961 +1.1%
1999 21,265 +6.5%
2006 20,659 −2.8%
2011 19,333 −6.4%

Places of interest[edit]

  • The church of St. Jacques, dating from the eleventh century, used as a workshop after the Revolution.
  • The church of St. Thomas, dating from the twelfth century.
  • The sixteenth century church of St. Aignan.
  • The nineteenth century church of St. André.
  • The modern church of Notre-Dame-de-Miséricorde (1970).
  • The chapel of the Petit-Séminaire (1862).
  • Several ancient houses.

Colleges and universities[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Mont-Saint-Aignan is twinned with:[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Commune"
  2. ^ (French) Classement des villes étudiantes
  3. ^ "L'association Mont-Saint-Aignan International". Mont-Saint-Aignan International. Retrieved 2015-09-30. 

External links[edit]