Colombières

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Colombières
Château de Colombières
Colombières is located in France
Colombières
Colombières
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Country France
Region Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Bayeux
Canton Trévières
Intercommunality Trévières
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Claude Lemonnier
Area1 10.64 km2 (4.11 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 198
 • Density 19/km2 (48/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 14168 / 14710
Elevation 0–33 m (0–108 ft)
(avg. 15 m or 49 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.

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

Geography

Colombières is situated in the north-western region of Calvados, 20 kilometres west of Bayeux and 9 kilometres from Isigny-sur-Mer, in the natural regional park of Cotentin and Bessin.

History

The village was freed on 9 June 1944 by the Allies. U.S. General Omar Bradley set up base for the Twelfth United States Army Group in Colombières castle.

Places of interest

Colombières castle is a historic building, built between Bayeux and Isigny-sur-Mer, close to the D-Day landing beaches. It was one of the most famous forts in Lower Normandy while France was under Feudal rule. It is also known as : La vigie des Marais (The marsh lookout).

Population

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 362 —    
1968 306 −15.5%
1975 231 −24.5%
1982 247 +6.9%
1990 218 −11.7%
1999 225 +3.2%
2008 198 −12.0%

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