Septmonts

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Septmonts
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Septmonts is located in France
Septmonts
Septmonts
Coordinates: 49°20′04″N 3°21′28″E / 49.3344°N 3.3578°E / 49.3344; 3.3578Coordinates: 49°20′04″N 3°21′28″E / 49.3344°N 3.3578°E / 49.3344; 3.3578
Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie
Department Aisne
Arrondissement Soissons
Canton Soissons-Sud
Intercommunality Soissonnais
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Michael Douay
Area1 4.8 km2 (1.9 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 561
 • Density 120/km2 (300/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 02706 / 02200
Elevation 57–161 m (187–528 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.

Septmonts is a commune in the Aisne department in Picardy in northern France.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 324 —    
1800 408 +25.9%
1806 286 −29.9%
1821 361 +26.2%
1831 428 +18.6%
1836 438 +2.3%
1841 452 +3.2%
1846 450 −0.4%
1851 442 −1.8%
1856 427 −3.4%
1861 474 +11.0%
1866 458 −3.4%
1872 445 −2.8%
1876 463 +4.0%
1881 464 +0.2%
1886 437 −5.8%
1891 447 +2.3%
1896 440 −1.6%
1901 432 −1.8%
1906 458 +6.0%
1911 412 −10.0%
1921 376 −8.7%
1926 425 +13.0%
1931 432 +1.6%
1936 439 +1.6%
1946 441 +0.5%
1954 446 +1.1%
1962 496 +11.2%
1968 532 +7.3%
1975 542 +1.9%
1982 516 −4.8%
1990 515 −0.2%
1999 501 −2.7%
2008 561 +12.0%

Donjon de Septmonts[edit]

Donjon de Septmonts

In the heart of the village lies the remains of the Château de Septmonts, of which the principal remains are of the 14th century donjon or keep. The castle was the country seat of the Bishop of Soissons, probably since the last half of the 12th century and was first built in stone a little before 1242.

Thought to have been inspired by the works of Charles V of France, the 43 metre tall donjon, exemplifies the princely style of the late 14th century, combining both military and residential function.

The donjon is currently undergoing a programme of restoration. The other sights at the chateau include:

Saint-André de Septmonts church[edit]

The village contains a fifteenth-century church in the flamboyant style.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Mesqui, Jean (1997). Chateaux-forts et fortifications en France. Paris: Flammarion. ISBN 2-08-012271-1. 
Castle and park