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Loudun (/lˈdʌn/; French pronunciation: ​[lu.dœ̃]) is a commune in the Vienne department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in western France.

Loudun
Porte du Martray in Loudun
Porte du Martray in Loudun
Coat of arms of Loudun
Coat of arms
Location of Loudun
Loudun is located in France
Loudun
Loudun
Loudun is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Loudun
Loudun
Coordinates: 47°00′38″N 0°05′04″E / 47.0106°N 0.0844°E / 47.0106; 0.0844Coordinates: 47°00′38″N 0°05′04″E / 47.0106°N 0.0844°E / 47.0106; 0.0844
CountryFrance
RegionNouvelle-Aquitaine
DepartmentVienne
ArrondissementChâtellerault
CantonLoudun
IntercommunalityPays Loudunais
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2019) Joël Dazas
Area
1
43.77 km2 (16.90 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
7,072
 • Density160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
86137 /86200
Elevation47–120 m (154–394 ft)
(avg. 90 m or 300 ft)
Websitewww.ville-loudun.fr
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

It is located 30 km (19 mi) south of the town of Chinon and 25 km to the east of the town Thouars. The area south of Loudun is the place of origin of a significant portion of the Acadians, one of the early founding people of New France in Canada.[2]

DemographicsEdit

Historical population of Loudun
Year19621968197519821990199920062009
Population62147094803581207854770475887146

SightsEdit

An ancient town, Loudun contains numerous old streets, and buildings and monuments of which five are Government-listed monuments. It is also the location of a vicus type archaeological site.

HistoryEdit

Loudun in artEdit

PersonalitiesEdit

Loudun is the birthplace of:

Loudun is the place of death of:

  • Urbain Grandier (18 August 1634), French Catholic priest who was burned at the stake after being convicted of witchcraft.
  • André Andrejew (16 March 1967), French-Russian classic film production designer, built decors for movies produced in Germany, France, England and the US.

Twin townsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Gregory M. W. Kennedy, Something of a Peasant Paradise? Comparing Rural Societies in Acadie and the Loudunais, 1604-1755 (MQUP 2014).
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-01-01. Retrieved 2016-03-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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