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Montreuil-sur-Mer

Montreuil

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Montreuil
Montreuil

Coordinates: 50°27′53″N 1°45′47″E / 50.4648°N 1.763°E / 50.4648; 1.763Coordinates: 50°27′53″N 1°45′47″E / 50.4648°N 1.763°E / 50.4648; 1.763

Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department Pas-de-Calais
Arrondissement Montreuil
Canton Montreuil
Intercommunality Communauté de communes du Montreuillois
Government
 • Mayor Bruno Béthouart
Area
 • Land1 2.85 km2 (1.10 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 2,498
 • Population2 density 880/km2 (2,300/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 62588 / 62170
Elevation 2–43 m (6.6–141.1 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.

Montreuil or Montreuil-sur-Mer (French pronunciation: ​[mɔ̃tʁœj syʁ mɛʁ]) is a sub-prefecture in the Pas-de-Calais department in northern France. It is located on the Canche river, not far from Étaples. The sea, however, is now some distance away.

Sights

It is surrounded by medieval ramparts, part of the reinforcement work of the famed French military engineer Vauban from his fortification of northern France in the 17th century.

Demographics

Population (1999): 2,688 inhabitants for the city, 21,603 inhabitants for the canton and 99,288 inhabitants for the arrondissement.

History

Montreuil was the headquarters of the British Army in France during the First World War. General Haig was quartered in the nearby Château de Beaurepaire. A statue commemorating his stay can be seen outside the theatre on the Place Charles de Gaulle. During the German occupation of the town during the Second World War, the statue was taken down. It was never found and is thought to have been melted down. It was rebuilt in the 1950s, using the sculptor's original mould.

Literature

Lawrence Sterne visited the town in 1765. He recounted his visit through the eyes of the narrator of his novel A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy (1768).

Montreuil is the setting for part of Victor Hugo's novel Les Misérables, where it is identified only as M____-sur-M__ in past translations. Hugo had spent several vacations in Montreuil.[1]

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Montreuil is twinned with:

Gallery

See also

References

  • INSEE commune file

External links

  • Montreuil-sur-Mer official website (in French)
  • The equestrian statue of Field Marshal Haig on the website "Remembrance Trails of the Great War in Northern France"


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