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Église Notre Dame
Coat of arms of Clisson
Coat of arms
Clisson is located in France
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Country France
Region Pays de la Loire
Department Loire-Atlantique
Arrondissement Nantes
Canton Clisson
Intercommunality La Vallée de Clisson
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Xavier Bonnet
Area1 11.3 km2 (4.4 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 6,633
 • Density 590/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 44043 / 44190
Elevation 7–71 m (23–233 ft)
(avg. 27 m or 89 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.

Clisson (Breton: Klison), is a commune in the Loire-Atlantique département in Pays de la Loire in western France.

It is situated at the confluence of the Sèvre Nantaise and the Moine 17 miles (27 km) southeast of Nantes (reachable by rail).

The town and the celebrated family of Clisson, the most famous members are Olivier IV de Clisson and Jeanne de Clisson, take their name from their stronghold. Clisson has its imposing ruins, parts of which date from the thirteenth century. The town and castle, the château de Clisson, were destroyed in 1792 and 1793 during the War in the Vendée.

Afterwards, the sculptor François-Frédéric Lemot bought the castle, and the town was rebuilt in the early part of the 19th century according to his plans. There are picturesque parks on the banks of the rivers. The Moine is crossed by an old gothic bridge and by a fine modern viaduct.

The Hellfest music festival takes place outside of the town since 2006.

International relations

Twin towns - sister cities

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