The town hall in Ploërmel
|• Mayor (2014–2020)||Patrick Le Diffon|
|Area1||50.81 km2 (19.62 sq mi)|
|• Density||180/km2 (460/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||56165 / 56800|
|Elevation||19–106 m (62–348 ft)
(avg. 75 m or 246 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.
Character of the town
The town is both modern and romantically mediaeval, and has easy access to most parts of Brittany. Ploërmel is set on the edge of the magical Broceliande forest, which legend proclaims is the home of Merlin the Magician, amongst other fantastical characters.
In 1351, during the Breton War of Succession (part of the Hundred Years' War), the town was occupied by the Montfortist faction, supported by the English. The rival French-supported Blois faction controlled nearby Josselin. Two groups of approximately 30 English and French knights staged a tournament at a spot between the two towns, to show their prowess and make money by capturing opponents.The Franco-Breton team eventually won after killing or capturing the Anglo-Breton force. This was later known as the Combat of the Thirty.
On 10 December 2006, the city unveiled an statue of Pope John Paul II. It was a gift by Russo-Georgian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, and has sparked controversy over the separation of Church and State.
In 2008 from May 24 till 1 June 2008 the City of Ploërmel became the first City in France to host the International Federation of Carnival Cities Congress. The Ploërmel Carnival is the largest in central Brittany and is held on Saturdays at the beginning and end of May.
Inhabitants of Ploërmel are called Ploërmelais.
- Cobh, Republic of Ireland
- Apensen, Germany
- Dittmannsdorf/ Witzschdorf, Germany
- Gorseinon & Llwchwr, Wales
- Kolbuszowa, Poland
- Mayors of Morbihan Association (French)
- www.apensen.de/images/Ploermel/Startseite.html / Apensen, Deutschland ( Niedersachsen )
- http://dittmannsdorf.com/partnerschaften.phtml / Dittmannsdorf/ Witzschdorf, Gemeinde Gornau, Deutschland ( Sachsen )
- INSEE commune file
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