La Charité-sur-Loire

La Charité-sur-Loire (before 1961: La Charité) is a commune in the Nièvre department and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region of eastern France.[3]

La Charité-sur-Loire
Sainte-Croix-Notre-Dame in La Charité-sur-Loire
Sainte-Croix-Notre-Dame in La Charité-sur-Loire
Flag of La Charité-sur-Loire
Coat of arms of La Charité-sur-Loire
Location of La Charité-sur-Loire
La Charité-sur-Loire is located in France
La Charité-sur-Loire
La Charité-sur-Loire
La Charité-sur-Loire is located in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
La Charité-sur-Loire
La Charité-sur-Loire
Coordinates: 47°10′40″N 3°01′11″E / 47.1778°N 3.0197°E / 47.1778; 3.0197Coordinates: 47°10′40″N 3°01′11″E / 47.1778°N 3.0197°E / 47.1778; 3.0197
CountryFrance
RegionBourgogne-Franche-Comté
DepartmentNièvre
ArrondissementCosne-Cours-sur-Loire
CantonLa Charité-sur-Loire
IntercommunalityLes Bertranges
Government
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Henri Valès[1]
Area
1
15.78 km2 (6.09 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2019)[2]
4,742
 • Density300/km2 (780/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
58059 /58400
Elevation153–215 m (502–705 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

GeographyEdit

La Charité-sur-Loire lies on the right, eastern bank of the river Loire, about 25 km northwest of Nevers. La Charité station has rail connections to Nevers, Cosne-sur-Loire and Paris. The A77 autoroute (Montargis–Nevers) passes east of the town.

HistoryEdit

The settlement of La Charité grew up around the Cluniac priory of that name, founded on an island site in the River Loire in 1089.

During the Hundred Years War, the town was liberated from the English by French forces only in 1435. Joan of Arc tried to liberate the city in 1429 but failed.

A great fire ravaged the town in 1559. The nave of the priory church stood in ruins until the late 17th century when it was rebuilt, albeit with its length diminished and the stone of its original facade repurposed for the reconstruction works.

In the second of the French Wars of Religion (1567–8) La Charité withstood eight months of siege by Catholic forces. It would later be one of the fortified towns given the status of Huguenot safe havens by the Peace of Saint-Germain-en-Laye (August 1570).

By the time of the French Revolution only a dozen monks remained in the priory, which was sold to private individuals and preserved. An improved highway that was to have been driven through the church was deflected by the report of Prosper Mérimée, the first inspector of monuments (and author of Carmen), who classed it as worth saving in 1840.

GalleryEdit

PopulationEdit

Historical population
YearPop.±%
19465,564—    
19545,552−0.2%
19625,742+3.4%
19686,194+7.9%
19756,426+3.7%
19826,416−0.2%
19905,686−11.4%
19995,460−4.0%
20055,405−1.0%
20154,966−8.1%

SightsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires". data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.
  3. ^ INSEE commune file

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