Solesmes, Sarthe

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St. Peter's Abbey
St. Peter's Abbey
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
Area1 11.53 km2 (4.45 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 1,391
 • Density 120/km2 (310/sq mi)
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 in the region of Pays-de-la-Loire in northwestern France.

It is located near Sablé.

The commune is almost entirely agricultural, but is especially noted as the site of the Benedictine St. Peter's Abbey, originally founded in 1010 and re-established by Dom Prosper Guéranger in 1833. A second abbey for women, St. Cecilia's Abbey, is also located here.

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