|16.15 km2 (6.24 sq mi)|
|• Density||220/km2 (570/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|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.|
The finish line of the Paris–Camembert bicycle race is Vimoutiers.
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.
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.
|The arms of Vimoutiers are blazoned :|
Azure, a cross Or, between 4 keys addorsed argent.
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.
Vimoutiers is twinned with:
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Vimoutiers.|
- Pictures of Vimoutiers before June 1944 (with a link to Charlotte Corday).
- Hôtel le Soleil d'Or
- Routard.com - Vimoutiers
- Vimoutiers Official Homepage (in English)
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