Saint-Gengoux-le-National is a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in the region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in eastern France.

The town hall in Saint-Gengoux-le-National
The town hall in Saint-Gengoux-le-National
Coat of arms of Saint-Gengoux-le-National
Coat of arms
Location of Saint-Gengoux-le-National
Saint-Gengoux-le-National is located in France
Saint-Gengoux-le-National is located in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Coordinates: 46°36′53″N 4°39′49″E / 46.6147°N 4.6636°E / 46.6147; 4.6636Coordinates: 46°36′53″N 4°39′49″E / 46.6147°N 4.6636°E / 46.6147; 4.6636
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Didier Bordet[1]
9.36 km2 (3.61 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2018)[2]
 • Density110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
71417 /71460
Elevation193–390 m (633–1,280 ft)
(avg. 232 m or 761 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

It was formerly known as Saint-Gengoux-le-Royal.


Church in Saint-Gengoux-le-National
Historic house in Saint-Gengoux-le-National

In the 10th century, the church of Saint-Gengoux was given to the abbey of Cluny. In the 12th century, the abbot of Cluny requested king Louis VII install a lord of the manor with Saint-Gengoux in order to ensure the safety of the city.

At the revolution, Saint-Gengoux-le-Royal took the name of Saint-Gengoux-le-National. It reverted to Saint-Gengoux-le-Royal is 1834, Saint-Gengoux-le-National in 1848, Saint-Gengoux-le-Royal in 1852 before finally settling on Saint-Gengoux-le-National in 1881.


The river Grosne forms part of the commune's south-eastern border.

Notable buildingsEdit

The church was built in 1120 by the Benedictines of Cluny. It measures 41 m in length and 16 m wide. It was plundered several times and has been heavily restored. The most recent enhancement has been the replacement of the metal bridge between the towers with a wooden one, more in keeping with the Burgundian style. In 1802, three vaults contiguous to the church were destroyed to build a corn exchange on their site.

There are many historic properties from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.


The railway station buildings in Saint-Gengoux-le-National

The railway station at Saint-Gengoux-le-National was opened in 1880 on the Chalon-sur-Saône to Mâcon railway line.

After the closure of the railway, in 1996 the 44 km of trackbed from Givry to Cluny has been paved and converted into a cycle route known as the Voie Verte. There are several locations along the route where cycles may be hired, including the station at Saint-Gengoux-le-National.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires"., Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2018". INSEE. 28 December 2020.
  • Histoire de Saint Gengoux le Royale, Marie de Saint Gengoux le National, 2005.

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