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Coat of arms of Saint-Benin-d'Azy
Coat of arms
Saint-Benin-d'Azy is located in France
Coordinates: 47°00′01″N 3°23′36″E / 47.0003°N 3.3933°E / 47.0003; 3.3933Coordinates: 47°00′01″N 3°23′36″E / 47.0003°N 3.3933°E / 47.0003; 3.3933
Country France
Region Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Department Nièvre
Arrondissement Nevers
Canton Saint-Benin-d'Azy
Intercommunality Amognes
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Françoise Lereu
Area1 35.80 km2 (13.82 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 1,312
 • Density 37/km2 (95/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 58232 /58270
Elevation 202–398 m (663–1,306 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.

Saint-Benin-d'Azy is a commune in the Nièvre department in central France.

Three rivers flow in this town : Le Rio, Le Barathon and L'Ixeure.


Saint-Benin-d'Azy is the seat of the canton of the same name in the arrondissement of Nevers.

The town is also the administrative centre of the Communauté de communes des Amognes, a community of 16 communes.


The name of the town (Saint-Benin) comes from the evangelist "Saint-Begnine" who evangelized Burgundy. Azy is a reference to the Roman military camp which was based in Saint-Benin.

At the time of the French Revolution, the name was replaced with Azy aux Amognes which was more revolutionary. During this period, most of the town suffered of destructions. This is the case of the church Saint Christophe which was at the place of the current "Café des Arts" (a new church was built in 1830).


The economy of this small town is currently agriculture and services.

In the past, there were small industrial companies producing iron. Like the other French small towns, Saint-Benin-d'Azy has some wine growers. The production is consumed locally.

Notable people[edit]

The economist and sociologist Jean Fourastié

His celebrity comes from the invention of the expression «les 30 glorieuses» to qualify the economic situation of European countries after the WW2. He was born in Saint-Benin in 1907.

The artist Rosa Bonheur

Her quality paintings of animals have made her visit Saint-Benin a lot of times. She became a celebrity because of her painting Labourage Nivernais.

Some other personalities can be linked to Saint-Benin-d'Azy, such as Matthieu Poussereau, Paul Vacant or Niki de Saint Phalle.

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