Taillebourg, Charente-Maritime

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Coat of arms of Taillebourg
Coat of arms
Taillebourg is located in France
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Country France
Region Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes
Department Charente-Maritime
Arrondissement Saint-Jean-d'Angély
Canton Saint-Savinien
Intercommunality Pays Savinois
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Guy Perret
Area1 14.25 km2 (5.50 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 732
 • Density 51/km2 (130/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 17436 / 17350
Elevation 2–63 m (6.6–206.7 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.

Taillebourg is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in southwestern France.

It is built on a rock, overlooking the Charente River, 9 km downstream from Saintes.

It was the site of three battles that bear its name: Battle of Taillebourg, on account of its strategically important position as a river crossing. There was also a fourth action, a siege.

The château dominates the town and was the garrison of Louis IX (known as 'Saint Louis'), before the eponymous 1242 battle.

The ancient bridge over the Charente has since been destroyed but there is a long causeway, which spans the surrounding marshes and serves to keep the road open, even during times of flooding.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 636 —    
1968 681 +7.1%
1975 637 −6.5%
1982 626 −1.7%
1990 561 −10.4%
1999 600 +7.0%
2008 732 +22.0%

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