The town hall and school of Audinghen
|Intercommunality||Communauté de communes de la Terre des Deux Caps|
|• Mayor (2014-2020)||Marc Sarpaux|
|13.09 km2 (5.05 sq mi)|
|• Density||44/km2 (120/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||0–123 m (0–404 ft) |
(avg. 68 m or 223 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
A farming commune, comprising several hamlets, some 14 miles (23 km) north of Boulogne-sur-Mer, at the junction of the D940 and the D191 roads. Cap Gris Nez, the nearest part of France to the English coast, forms the western boundary of the commune.
The town was originally named Odingehem, 'home of Odin', by the Vikings who built a temple here dedicated to the Germanic god Odin. Audinghen has been rebuilt several times after being completely destroyed, including:
- In 1643 or 1644, according to the interpretations, by a party of soldiers of the King of England, who burned the village population inside the church;
- Three centuries later, in November 1943, by the British, who bombed and totally destroyed the village (then occupied by the German army) and a centre for Organisation Todt.
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