Pompierre

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Pompierre
Commune
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Pompierre is located in France
Pompierre
Pompierre
Location within Grand Est region
Pompierre is located in Grand Est
Pompierre
Pompierre
Coordinates: 48°15′41″N 5°40′25″E / 48.2614°N 5.6736°E / 48.2614; 5.6736Coordinates: 48°15′41″N 5°40′25″E / 48.2614°N 5.6736°E / 48.2614; 5.6736
Country France
Region Grand Est
Department Vosges
Arrondissement Neufchâteau
Canton Neufchâteau
Intercommunality CC Ouest Vosgien
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Bernard Thouvenot
Area1 12.42 km2 (4.80 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 240
 • Density 19/km2 (50/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code 88352 /88300
Elevation 303–445 m (994–1,460 ft)
(avg. 312 m or 1,024 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.

Pompierre is a commune in the Vosges department in Grand Est in northeastern France.

Geography[edit]

The village lies on the border with the adjacent Haute-Marne department 10 kilometres (6 mi) south of Neufchâteau and 13 kilometres (8 mi) across country from Robécourt which is the nearest access point for the A31, Lorraine's principal south-north highway.

Pompierre (formerly Pont de Pierre) is traversed by the Mouzon River which is here crossed by the bridge from which it takes its name.

History[edit]

Situated on the line of a Roman road, the village gets its first mention in connection with a conflict between two grandsons of Clovis (himself often seen in France as the first French king). In 577 Saint Gontran, king of Burgundy clashed with Childebert, the king of Neustria at 'Pont de Pierre'. The event was commemorated with the construction of a chapel. The chapel was replaced in the twelfth century with a church which contains sculptures that recall the encounter between the two kings.

In 1741 Jean-Baptiste de Lavaulx, lord of Pompierre, Sartes, Courcelles and Dolaincourt ordered the construction of a castle which can still be seen today.

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