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Chauvigny

Chauvigny
A general view of Chauvigny
A general view of Chauvigny
Coat of arms of Chauvigny
Coat of arms
Chauvigny is located in France
Chauvigny
Chauvigny
Coordinates:
Country France
Region Poitou-Charentes
Department Vienne
Arrondissement Montmorillon
Canton Chauvigny
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Gérard Herbert
Area1 95.82 km2 (37.00 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 7,050
 • Density 74/km2 (190/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 86070 / 86300
Elevation 61–149 m (200–489 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.

Chauvigny is a commune in the Vienne department in the Poitou-Charentes region in western France.

Chauvigny is located 20 miles (32 km) east of Poitiers by rail. The town is situated overlooking the Vienne River and a small brook. Chauvigny is twinned with Billericay in Essex, England.

Sights

Chauvigny features two interesting Romanesque churches, both restored in modern times. There are also ruins of a château of the bishops of Poitiers, and of several other strongholds.

Near Chauvigny is the curious bone-cavern of Jioux, the entrance to which is fortified by large blocks of stone.

Economy

The town carries on limeburning and

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