Ancenis

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Ancenis
From top to bottom, left to right: The Château d'Ancenis, the flags above the town hall, the town hall, the Ancenis Bridge, St. Peter's Church, the Halles in Ancenis, and a panoramic view of Ancenis.
From top to bottom, left to right: The Château d'Ancenis, the flags above the town hall, the town hall, the Ancenis Bridge, St. Peter's Church, the Halles in Ancenis, and a panoramic view of Ancenis.
Coat of arms of Ancenis
Coat of arms
Ancenis is located in France
Ancenis
Ancenis
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Country France
Region Pays de la Loire
Department Loire-Atlantique
Arrondissement Ancenis
Canton Ancenis
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Michel Tobie
Area1 20.07 km2 (7.75 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 7,543
 • Density 380/km2 (970/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 44003 / 44150
Elevation 5–41 m (16–135 ft)
(avg. 13 m or 43 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Ancenis (Breton: Ankiniz) is a commune in the Loire-Atlantique department in western France. It is a sub-prefecture of the department.

It played a great historical role as a key location on the road to Nantes (23 miles southeast), the historical capital of Brittany. It was named the key of Brittany and the door of Brittany.

The soccer team is called RCA 44, (Racing Club D'Ancenis 44)

Population

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 3,295 —    
1800 2,923 −11.3%
1806 2,945 +0.8%
1821 3,888 +32.0%
1831 3,749 −3.6%
1836 3,667 −2.2%
1841 3,802 +3.7%
1846 3,824 +0.6%
1851 3,689 −3.5%
1856 4,198 +13.8%
1861 4,628 +10.2%
1866 4,148 −10.4%
1872 4,358 +5.1%
1876 5,177 +18.8%
1881 5,361 +3.6%
1886 5,544 +3.4%
1891 5,141 −7.3%
1896 5,048 −1.8%
1901 5,199 +3.0%
1906 4,998 −3.9%
1911 5,013 +0.3%
1921 4,222 −15.8%
1926 3,942 −6.6%
1931 4,040 +2.5%
1936 4,149 +2.7%
1946 4,815 +16.1%
1954 5,050 +4.9%
1962 5,102 +1.0%
1968 5,648 +10.7%
1975 6,997 +23.9%
1982 7,076 +1.1%
1990 6,896 −2.5%
1999 7,009 +1.6%
2006 7,407 +5.7%
2009 7,543 +1.8%

Sights

  • Château d'Ancenis, a medieval and Renaissance castle
  • The Loire river on which Ancenis is located (on the north bank)
  • Church of Saint Peter, 15-16-17th century
  • Chapel of the Ursulines
  • Chapel Notre-Dame de Délivrance
  • Old quarter with mediaeval houses
  • Dolmen at Pierre-Couvretière

Personalities

Twin towns

Ancenis is twinned with the town of Kirkham, in Lancashire, UK.

See also

References