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Coordinates: 48°04′18″N 1°20′19″E / 48.071667°N 1.33867°E / 48.071667; 1.33867

Commune of Châteaudun

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Château de Châteaudun
Location
Châteaudun is located in France
Châteaudun
Administration
Country France
Region Centre
Department Eure-et-Loir
Arrondissement Châteaudun
Canton Châteaudun
Intercommunality Dunois
Mayor Didier Huguet
(2008–2014)
Statistics
Elevation 102–152 m (330–500 ft)
(avg. 140 m/460 ft)
Land area1 28.48 km2 (11.00 sq mi)
Population2 14,543  (1999)
 - Density 511 /km2 (1,320 /sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 28088/ 28200
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Châteaudun is a commune in the Eure-et-Loir department in north-central France. It is a sub-prefecture of Eure-et-Loir.

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Geography

Châteaudun is located about 45 km (28 mi) northwest of Orléans, and about 50 km (31 mi) south-southwest of Chartres, on the river Loir, a tributary of the Sarthe.

Heraldry

Arms of Châteaudun

The arms of Châteaudun are blazoned :
Gules, 3 crescents argemt, on a chief azure, a cross of the Légion d'honneur proper.

Sights

Its château is known for being the first on the road to Loire Valley, from Paris.

Notable people

Châteaudun was the birthplace of:

Twin towns

Châteaudun is twinned with:

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

CHATEAUDUN, a town of north central France, capital of an arrondissement in the department of Eure-et-Loir, 28 m. S.S.W. of Chartres by rail. Pop. (1906) 5805. It stands on an eminence near the left bank of the Loire. The streets, which are straight and regular, radiate from a central square, a uniformity due to the reconstruction of the town after fires in 1723 and 1870. The château, the most remarkable building in the town, was built in great part by Jean, count of Dunois, and his descendants. Founded in the Loth century, and rebuilt in the 12th and 15th centuries, it consists of a principal wing with a fine staircase of the 16th century, and, at right angles, a smaller wing adjoined by a chapel. To the left of the courtyard thus formed rises a lofty keep of the 12th century. The fine apartments and huge kitchens of the chateau are in keeping with its imposing exterior. The church of La Madeleine dates from the 12th century; the buildings of the abbey to which it belonged are occupied by the subprefecture, the law court and the hospital. The medieval churches of St Valerien and St Jean and the ruined chapel of Notre-Dame du Champde, of which the facade in the Renaissance style now forms the entrance to the cemetery, are other notable buildings. The public institutions include a tribunal of first instance and a communal college. Flour-milling, tanning and leather-dressing, and the manufacture of blankets, silver jewelry, nails and machinery are the prominent industries. Trade is in cattle, grain, wool and hemp. Chhteaudun (Castrodunum), which dates from the Gallo-Roman period, was in the middle ages the capital of the countship of D unois.


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