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City Hall of Sens
City Hall of Sens
Coat of arms of Sens
Coat of arms
Sens is located in France
Country France
Region Burgundy
Department Yonne
Arrondissement Sens
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Daniel Paris
Area1 27.86 km2 (10.76 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 26,646
 • Density 960/km2 (2,500/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 89387 / 89100

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.

Sens (French pronunciation: ​) is a commune in the Yonne department in Burgundy in north-central France, 120 km from Paris.

Sens is a sub-prefecture and the second city of the department, the sixth in the region. It is crossed by the Yonne and the Vanne, which empties into the Yonne here.


  • History 1
  • Main sights 2
  • Sports 3
  • Notable people 4
  • Twin towns 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The city is supposed to have been one of the Lugdunensis Quarta.

During the Middle Ages, its archbishops[3] held the prestigious role of primates of Gaul and Germany. The Hôtel de Sens in Paris was their official residence in that city. The Archdiocese of Sens ruled over the dioceses of Chartres, Auxerre, Meaux, Paris, Orléans, Nevers and Troyes.

Starting from 1135, the cathedral of Sens, dedicated to Saint Stephen, was rebuilt as one of the first Gothic cathedrals. There, in 1234, Louis IX of France celebrated his wedding to Marguerite of Provence. Sens witnessed the trial of Peter Abelard. Pope Alexander III sojourned for some time in the city, and there also Thomas Becket spent part of his exile between 1162 and 1165. The Archdiocese of Sens hosted a number of church councils.

Sens lived troublesome times during the Wars of Religion.

The city declined after Paris was elevated to archdiocese in 1622.

Main sights


Sens is one of a few French towns with a youth baseball team. It was originally started by a local English teacher, Laurent Carpentier, as a way to increase student motivation for learning English and to introduce students to American culture. Since the team's beginning, baseball in general has grown in popularity in the town. [4][5][6]

Notable people

Twin towns

See also


  1. ^ The manuscripts of the Gallic War also give varied readings of Agendicum and Agetincum (William Smith, ed. A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography); the gilded statue of "Brennus" ("leader") surmounts the hôtel de ville.
  2. ^ Its Cardo (rue de la République) and Decumanus Maximus (Grande Rue) still meet at near right angles.
  3. ^ The bishop of Sens perhaps became an archbishop as early as the mid-5th century, but the cult of the traditional founders Savinian and Potentian, not mentioned by Gregory of Tours, did not appear until the 8th century, when they were added to the local recension of the Seventy Apostles. (: SensCatholic Encyclopedia).
  4. ^ "Davis-Sens Trip". 
  5. ^ "Sens Baseball". 
  6. ^ "Samouraïs Baseball Club". 

External links

  • Tourist Office (English)
  • Official website (French)
  • archdiocese & Councils City council website (in French)  
  • , 1976:Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical SitesRichard Stillwell, ed. "Agedincum (Sens), Yonne, France"
  • Traiteur Sens
  • Pictures of Sens Cathedral: [4], [5], [6]
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