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Cintheaux is located in France
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Country France
Region Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Caen
Canton Bretteville-sur-Laize
Intercommunality Cingal
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Michel Le Baron
Area1 7.58 km2 (2.93 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 188
 • Density 25/km2 (64/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 14160 / 14680
Elevation 69–122 m (226–400 ft)
(avg. 118 m or 387 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.

Cintheaux is a commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region in northwestern France.


The commune is located between Caen and Falaise and is the home to the Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery.

Gaumesnil was originally a separate village, now attached to Cintheaux; it has fewer than 19 residents.


The main town is situated around the church of Saint-Germain, classified as an official French historic monument. It was built around 1150 by the Marmion family; Robert Marmion offered it in patronage to the Barbery Abbey, subject to the Bayeux diocese, in 1181.[1] The main (north) chapel and the cross tower, dating to the 16th century, was destroyed in 1688. The north bell tower was added in the 18th century. The church was restored between 1857 and 1902.


World War II

Cintheaux was devastated by Allied artillery, which sought to annihilate the 12th SS Panzer Division in 1944, during Operation Totalize.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 190 —    
1968 172 −9.5%
1975 159 −7.6%
1982 161 +1.3%
1990 172 +6.8%
1999 180 +4.7%
2008 188 +4.4%

See also