Montreuil-Bellay

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Montreuil-Bellay
A general view of Montreuil-Bellay
A general view of Montreuil-Bellay
Coat of arms of Montreuil-Bellay
Coat of arms
Montreuil-Bellay is located in France
Montreuil-Bellay
Montreuil-Bellay
Coordinates: 47°07′56″N 0°09′08″W / 47.1322°N 0.1522°W / 47.1322; -0.1522Coordinates: 47°07′56″N 0°09′08″W / 47.1322°N 0.1522°W / 47.1322; -0.1522
Country France
Region Pays de la Loire
Department Maine-et-Loire
Arrondissement Saumur
Canton Montreuil-Bellay (chef-lieu)
Intercommunality Saumur Loire Développement
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Paul Loupias
Area1 48.96 km2 (18.90 sq mi)
Population (2006[1])2 4,060
 • Density 83/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 49215 /49260
Elevation 29–73 m (95–240 ft)
(avg. 54 m or 177 ft)
Website Official website

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.

Montreuil-Bellay is a commune in the Maine-et-Loire department in western France.

It is located approximately 15 km to the south of Saumur, and is famous for the Château de Montreuil-Bellay, which is situated in the town.

Montreuil-Bellay is on the River Thouet, and was the head of navigation until navigation ceased at the beginning of the 20th century.[2] The navigation works were undertaken in the 15th century by the lords of Montreuil-Bellay, who in turn were granted letters patent by King Charles VII allowing them to raise a tax on wine that would pass through their land.[3]

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