Ancenis

Ancenis (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃s.ni]; Breton: Ankiniz) is a former commune in the Loire-Atlantique department in western France. On 1 January 2019, it was merged into the new commune Ancenis-Saint-Géréon.[2] It is a former sub-prefecture of the department, and was the seat of the former arrondissement of Ancenis.

Ancenis
From top to bottom, left to right: The Château d'Ancenis, the flags above the town hall, the town hall, the Ancenis Bridge, St. Peter's Church, the Halles in Ancenis, and a panoramic view of Ancenis.
From top to bottom, left to right: The Château d'Ancenis, the flags above the town hall, the town hall, the Ancenis Bridge, St. Peter's Church, the Halles in Ancenis, and a panoramic view of Ancenis.
Coat of arms of Ancenis
Coat of arms
Location of Ancenis
Ancenis is located in France
Ancenis
Ancenis
Ancenis is located in Pays de la Loire
Ancenis
Ancenis
Coordinates: 47°22′24″N 1°17′37″W / 47.3733°N 1.2936°W / 47.3733; -1.2936Coordinates: 47°22′24″N 1°17′37″W / 47.3733°N 1.2936°W / 47.3733; -1.2936
CountryFrance
RegionPays de la Loire
DepartmentLoire-Atlantique
ArrondissementChâteaubriant-Ancenis
CantonAncenis
CommuneAncenis-Saint-Géréon
Area
1
20.07 km2 (7.75 sq mi)
Population
 (2016)[1]
7,656
 • Density380/km2 (990/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal code
44150
Elevation5–41 m (16–135 ft)
(avg. 13 m or 43 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

It played a great historical role as a key location on the road to Nantes (23 miles to the southwest), the historical capital of Brittany. It was named "the key of Brittany" [3] and the door of Brittany.

PopulationEdit

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1793 3,295—    
1800 2,923−11.3%
1806 2,945+0.8%
1821 3,888+32.0%
1831 3,749−3.6%
1836 3,667−2.2%
1841 3,802+3.7%
1846 3,824+0.6%
1851 3,689−3.5%
1856 4,198+13.8%
1861 4,628+10.2%
1866 4,148−10.4%
1872 4,358+5.1%
1876 5,177+18.8%
1881 5,361+3.6%
1886 5,544+3.4%
1891 5,141−7.3%
1896 5,048−1.8%
1901 5,199+3.0%
1906 4,998−3.9%
1911 5,013+0.3%
1921 4,222−15.8%
1926 3,942−6.6%
1931 4,040+2.5%
1936 4,149+2.7%
1946 4,815+16.1%
1954 5,050+4.9%
1962 5,102+1.0%
1968 5,648+10.7%
1975 6,997+23.9%
1982 7,076+1.1%
1990 6,896−2.5%
1999 7,009+1.6%
2006 7,407+5.7%
2009 7,543+1.8%

SightsEdit

  • Château d'Ancenis, a medieval and Renaissance castle
  • The Loire river on which Ancenis is located (on the north bank)
  • Church of Saint Peter, 15-16-17th century
  • Chapel of the Ursulines
  • Chapel Notre-Dame de Délivrance
  • Old quarter with mediaeval houses
  • Dolmen at Pierre-Couvretière

SportEdit

The soccer team is called RCA 44, (Racing Club D'Ancenis 44)

PersonalitiesEdit

Twin townsEdit

Ancenis is twinned with the town of Kirkham, in Lancashire, UK.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Téléchargement du fichier d'ensemble des populations légales en 2016, INSEE
  2. ^ Préfecture de Loire-Atlantique (2018-09-26). "Recueil des actes administratifs de Loire-Atlantique" (PDF). loire-atlantique.gouv.fr (PDF) (in French). Retrieved 2018-10-06.
  3. ^ Chateau d'Ancenis, accessed 25 June 2016