The church in Orival
|Intercommunality||Métropole Rouen Normandie|
|• Mayor (2001 - 2008)||Jean-Louis Tailleux|
|9.55 km2 (3.69 sq mi)|
|• Density||98/km2 (250/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||2–131 m (6.6–429.8 ft) |
(avg. 17 m or 56 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
The history of the town goes back to Neolithic times, as proved by the finds of stone-age tools and mammoth bones in the numerous large caves and the cliffs of the area.
The Romans also left traces of their passing, with the remains of a fanum visible on one of the hills.
King Richard I of England (the Lion Heart) was very active in the region, erecting a castle here in 1195. His brother John of England (known as John Lackland), could not hold on to the territory and the building was already a ruin by 1203.
|The arms of Orival are blazoned :|
Azure, a base azure, on which a mount from which issuant a tower argent and 2 trees proper, and on a chief gules a leopard Or.
|Starting in 1962: Population without duplicates|
Places of interest
- The church of St.Georges, dating from the fifteenth century.
- The ruins of the thirteenth century castle of Roche-Fouet.
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