Vimoutiers

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Vimoutiers
Commune
Eglise Vimoutiers.jpg
Vimoutiers is located in France
Vimoutiers
Vimoutiers
Coordinates: 48°56′N 0°12′E / 48.93°N 0.20°E / 48.93; 0.20Coordinates: 48°56′N 0°12′E / 48.93°N 0.20°E / 48.93; 0.20
Country France
Region Normandy
Department Orne
Arrondissement Argentan
Canton Vimoutiers
Area1 16.15 km2 (6.24 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 3,675
 • Density 230/km2 (590/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 61508 /61120
Elevation 92–236 m (302–774 ft)
(avg. 134 m or 440 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.

Vimoutiers is a commune in the Orne department in north-western France.

The finish line of the Paris–Camembert bicycle race is Vimoutiers.

History[edit]

In 1040 while besieging a nearby Norman castle, Alan III, Duke of Brittany died suddenly in Vimoutiers, then a possession of the Duchy of Normandy. His death was thought to be caused by poisoning.

Damaged statue to Marie Harel "inventor" of Camembert cheese

On 14 June 1944, during the Battle of Normandy, Vimoutiers was bombarded by Allied forces. The village was destroyed and 220 people died. 400 people of Van Wert, Ohio contributed in the costs of reconstruction and reparation of the town. They volunteered to pay for the replacement of Marie Harel's statue in 1953. This is recorded by a plaque in the market square of Vimoutiers.[1]

A Second World War German Tiger tank is exposed on the outskirts of the city. It is one of six remaining in the world.

The beautiful and strategic location of Vimoutiers attracts numerous tourists for sporting events, recreation and overnight rest. Modern hotels and small restaurants cater to visitors.

Heraldry[edit]

Arms of Vimoutiers
The arms of Vimoutiers are blazoned :
Azure, a cross Or, between 4 keys addorsed argent.



Name[edit]

The name 'Vimoutiers' is a contraction of 'Vie', the name of the small river which runs through the town ('vie' means 'life'), and 'Moutiers', a French word which means 'Monastery'. This name is derived from the fact that there was once a monastery present on the site, near the banks of the river 'Vie.

Notable people[edit]

Vimoutiers was the birthplace of Joseph Laniel (1889–1975), politician of the Fourth Republic.

Twin towns[edit]

Vimoutiers is twinned with:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The new statue and plaque, Wikimedia Commons, Retrieved 29 April 2017

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