Nantua

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Nantua
A general view of Nantua
A general view of Nantua
Coat of arms of Nantua
Coat of arms
Location of Nantua
Nantua is located in France
Nantua
Nantua
Nantua is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Nantua
Nantua
Coordinates: 46°09′07″N 5°36′28″E / 46.1519°N 5.6078°E / 46.1519; 5.6078Coordinates: 46°09′07″N 5°36′28″E / 46.1519°N 5.6078°E / 46.1519; 5.6078
CountryFrance
RegionAuvergne-Rhône-Alpes
DepartmentAin
ArrondissementNantua
CantonNantua
IntercommunalityHaut-Bugey Agglomération
Government
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Jean-Pierre Carminati
Area
1
12.79 km2 (4.94 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
3,629
 • Density280/km2 (730/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
01269 /01130
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Nantua (French pronunciation: ​[nɑ̃tɥa]) is a commune and subprefecture in the Ain department in eastern France. The usual demonym for its inhabitants is Nantuatien(ne); however, they are also sometimes called Catholards, after a needle used by leatherworkers. Indeed, Nantua has long been a town of tanners and shoemakers.

It is located in the Haut-Bugey region, among the southern foothills of the Jura Mountains, and is famous for its fresh-water fish and crayfish.[2]

History[edit]

The town grew up around a Benedictine Monastery founded in 671 by St. Amand and the church of St Peter where the body of Charles the Bald was initially buried.

The Priory of Nantua was sacked and burned in 1230 by Etienne I of Thoire-Villars.[3] Later, Boniface of Savoy, Archbishop of Canterbury was selected Prior of Nantua in 1232.[3]

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
20063,693—    
20073,663−0.8%
20083,633−0.8%
20093,639+0.2%
20103,713+2.0%
20113,651−1.7%
20123,588−1.7%
20133,524−1.8%
20143,534+0.3%
20153,525−0.3%
20163,482−1.2%

Climate[edit]

Nantua faces a small lake on its west side and is protected by high cliffs on its landward sides which gives rise to a relatively mild continental climate.

Twin towns — sister cities[edit]

Nantua is twinned with:

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Waverley Root, The Food of France, p. 215
  3. ^ a b Eugene L. Cox, The Eagles of Savoy, (Princeton University Press, 1974), 17-18.

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