Saint-Cannat is a town hall in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in southern France.

Saint-Cannat
Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Saint-Cannat
Coat of arms
Location of Saint-Cannat
Saint-Cannat is located in France
Saint-Cannat
Saint-Cannat
Saint-Cannat is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Saint-Cannat
Saint-Cannat
Coordinates: 43°37′12″N 5°17′55″E / 43.62°N 5.2986°E / 43.62; 5.2986Coordinates: 43°37′12″N 5°17′55″E / 43.62°N 5.2986°E / 43.62; 5.2986
CountryFrance
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
DepartmentBouches-du-Rhône
ArrondissementAix-en-Provence
CantonPélissanne
IntercommunalityAix-Marseille-Provence
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jacky Gérard
Area
1
36.54 km2 (14.11 sq mi)
Population
 (2017-01-01)[1]
5,634
 • Density150/km2 (400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
13091 /13760
Elevation159–391 m (522–1,283 ft)
(avg. 212 m or 696 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

HistoryEdit

The village was named after Canus Natus, a fifth century Roman Catholic Saint, who was a Roman clergyman born with white hair, a quirk synonymous with great wisdom at the time.[2] He was buried in Saint-Cannat, although there was no such place at the time, but soon enough several houses were built into a hamlet.[2]

In the twelfth century, Archbishop Pierre mentioned, 'Castrum Santi - Cannati' in a paper.[2]

In the thirteenth century, villagers turned on their archbishop and pledged allegiance to the Lord of the Baux-de-Provence, and then to the Kings of Sicily (namely, Frederic III of Aragon, or perhaps Louis XIII).[2] This, however, only lasted three years.[2] In the same century, the Knights Templar established a settlement there.[2]

Pierre André de Suffren was born here on 17 July 1729.[2] A century later, Alphonse Tavernier, a poet, was born here on 27 November 1852.

On June 11, 1909, a terrible earthquake destroyed almost everything.[2] Shortly after, the houses were re-built in the same architectural style.[2] Both in 1984 and 1994 huge floods ravaged most houses.[2]

It has retained several fountains dating back to the 17th and 18th century, the remains of the medieval ramparts and the chateau, which today houses the town hall and museum.[2] The Route nationale 7 bisects the village.

There is a polo club, Polo Club de Saint Cannat, opened in the 1970s.[3] It organizes the Open d'Aix and the Tournoi de Noel every year.[4]

There is also an entertainment park called Village des automates.[5]

It is also home to the winery Château de Beaupré, started by Baron Emile Double (1869-1938) in 1890.[6]

The creek Budéou flows through the village.

PopulationEdit

YearPop.±%
17931,759—    
18002,009+14.2%
18061,921−4.4%
18211,813−5.6%
18311,655−8.7%
18361,701+2.8%
18411,721+1.2%
18461,994+15.9%
18512,006+0.6%
18561,983−1.1%
18611,929−2.7%
18661,812−6.1%
18721,710−5.6%
18761,535−10.2%
18811,403−8.6%
18861,269−9.6%
18911,235−2.7%
18961,212−1.9%
19011,292+6.6%
19061,232−4.6%
19111,278+3.7%
19211,058−17.2%
19261,135+7.3%
19311,137+0.2%
19361,074−5.5%
19461,034−3.7%
19541,086+5.0%
19621,254+15.5%
19681,675+33.6%
19751,862+11.2%
19822,384+28.0%
19903,918+64.3%
19994,626+18.1%
20085,347+15.6%

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2017". INSEE. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k official website Archived 2007-05-18 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Polo Club de Saint Cannat
  4. ^ Horace A. Laffaye, The Polo Encyclopedia, Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2004, p. 330
  5. ^ Village des automates
  6. ^ History

External linksEdit