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Coordinates: 50°09′27″N 2°20′29″E / 50.1575°N 2.341389°E / 50.1575; 2.341389

Commune of Doullens

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Town hall
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Country France
Region Picardie
Department Somme
Arrondissement Amiens
Canton Doullens
Intercommunality Doullennais
Mayor Christian Vlaeminck
Elevation 52–152 m (170–500 ft)
(avg. 64 m/210 ft)
Land area1 33.4 km2 (12.9 sq mi)
Population2 6,820  (2006)
 - Density 204 /km2 (530 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 80253/ 80600
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.

Doullens is a commune in the Somme department in Picardie in northern France.



Doullens is situated on the N25 road, in the northern part of the department, straddling the river Authie, the border with the Pas-de-Calais. Doullens is practically mid-way on the intersection of these axes :


  • Doullens, the ancient Dulincum, was seat of a viscountship under the counts of Vermandois then of Ponthieu (Hare) and an important stronghold in the Middle Ages.
  • In 1225, the town became part of France.
  • In 1475 it was burnt by Louis XI for openly siding with the Duke of Burgundy. It received its name Doullens-le-Hardi from its gallant defense in 1523 against the Anglo-Burgundian army. In 1595 it was besieged and occupied by the Spaniards, but was restored to France by the Peace of Vervins (1598).

Sites and monuments

Sites and monuments include:

  • the ruins of Saint-Pierre, partly of the 13th century, used as a barn in the nineteenth century (Hare).
  • Notre-Dame church.
  • the early 17th century brick belfry.
  • the Citadelle, built by Vauban, which has often served as a state prison, and later, a reformatory for girls. When Victor Hugo saw the Citadel in August 1837, the famous writer said, "I don't like citadels!"

Town motto

Infinita decus lilia mihi prestant



Population history
1936 1946 1954 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
5770 5404 6169 6321 7119 7495 7054 6615 6279 6820
Starting in 1962: Population without duplicates

See also


External links

1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

DOULLENS, a town of northern France, capital of an arrondissement in the department of Somme, on the Authie, 27 m. N. of Amiens by rail. Pop. (1906) 4495. It has a citadel of the 15th and 16th centuries which has often served as a state prison and is now used as a reformatory for girls. There are also a belfry of the 17th century and two old churches. The town is the seat of a sub-prefect and has a tribunal of first instance; it has trade in phosphates, of which there are workings in the vicinity, and carries on cotton-spinning and the manufacture of leather, paper and sugar. Doullens, the ancient Dulincum, was seat of a viscountship and an important stronghold in the middle ages. In 1475 it was burnt by Louis XI. for openly siding with the house of Burgundy. In 1595 it was besieged and occupied by the Spaniards, but was restored to France by the treaty of Vervins (1598).

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