Solesmes, Sarthe

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A view in the village of Solesmes
A view in the village of Solesmes
Solesmes is located in France
Coordinates: 47°51′09″N 0°18′02″W / 47.8525°N 0.3006°W / 47.8525; -0.3006Coordinates: 47°51′09″N 0°18′02″W / 47.8525°N 0.3006°W / 47.8525; -0.3006
Country France
Region Pays de la Loire
Department Sarthe
Arrondissement La Flèche
Canton Sablé-sur-Sarthe
Intercommunality Sablé-sur-Sarthe
 • Mayor (2014–20) Pascal Lelièvre
Area1 11.53 km2 (4.45 sq mi)
Population (2014)2 1,229
 • Density 110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 72336 /72300
Elevation 22–76 m (72–249 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.

Solesmes is a commune in the Sarthe department and Pays-de-la-Loire region of north-western France.

St Peter's Abbey, Solesmes

Lying close to the small town of Sablé-sur-Sarthe and almost entirely agricultural in character, the commune is especially noted as the site of the Benedictine Abbey of St Peter, founded in 1010, suppressed by the National Constituent Assembly in 1791, and re-established by Dom Prosper Guéranger in 1833. A second abbey for women, St Cecilia's, is also located here.

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