Château-Gontier

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Château-Gontier
Château-Gontier seen from the Europe Bridge
Château-Gontier seen from the Europe Bridge
Coat of arms of Château-Gontier
Coat of arms
Location of Château-Gontier
Château-Gontier is located in France
Château-Gontier
Château-Gontier
Château-Gontier is located in Pays de la Loire
Château-Gontier
Château-Gontier
Coordinates: 47°49′43″N 0°42′10″W / 47.8286°N 0.7028°W / 47.8286; -0.7028Coordinates: 47°49′43″N 0°42′10″W / 47.8286°N 0.7028°W / 47.8286; -0.7028
CountryFrance
RegionPays de la Loire
DepartmentMayenne
ArrondissementChâteau-Gontier
CantonChâteau-Gontier
CommuneChâteau-Gontier-sur-Mayenne
Area
1
27.88 km2 (10.76 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
12,348
 • Density440/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal code
53200
Elevation26–99 m (85–325 ft)
(avg. 83 m or 272 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Château-Gontier (French pronunciation: ​[ʃɑto ɡɔ̃tje]) is a former commune in the Mayenne department in north-western France. On 1 January 2019, it was merged into the new commune Château-Gontier-sur-Mayenne.[2]

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It is about 30 km (19 mi) south of Laval,[3] the préfecture of the department of Mayenne. Château-Gontier is home to the Refuge de l'Arche[1], a refuge for abandoned or mistreated animals.

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History[edit]

There are chalybeate springs close to the town. Château-Gontier owes its origin and its name to a castle erected in the first half of the 11th century by Gunther, the steward of Fulk Nerra of Anjou, on the site of a farm belonging to the monks of St Aubin d’Angers. On the extinction of the family, the lordship was assigned by Louis XI of France to Philippe de Comines; the town suffered severely during the wars of the League. In 1793 it was occupied by the Vendeans.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Arrêté préfectoral 14 November 2018 (in French)
  3. ^ a b Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Château-Gontier" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 5 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 963.