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Coordinates: 47°41′23″N 2°37′48″E / 47.689722°N 2.630000°E / 47.689722; 2.630000

Commune of Gien

Loire River in Gien
Gien is located in France
Country France
Region Centre
Department Loiret
Arrondissement Montargis
Canton Gien
Mayor Jean-Pierre Hurtiger
Elevation 117–190 m (380–620 ft)
(avg. 161 m/530 ft)
Land area1 67.86 km2 (26.20 sq mi)
Population2 15,332  (1999)
 - Density 226 /km2 (590 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 45155/ 45500
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.

Gien is a commune in the Loiret department in north-central France.

Gien is on the Loire River, 80 km (50 mi) from Orleans. The town was bought for the royal property by Philip II of France.



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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

GIEN, a town of central France, capital of an arrondissement in the department of Loiret, situated on the right bank of the Loire, 39 m. E.S.E. of Orleans by rail. Pop. (1906) 6325. Gien is a picturesque and interesting town and has many curious old houses. The Loire is here crossed by a stone bridge of twelve arches, built by Anne de Beaujeu, daughter of Louis XI., about the end of the 15th century. Near it stands a statue of Vercingetorix. The principal building is the old castle used as law-court, constructed of brick and stone arranged in geometrical patterns, and built in 1494 by Anne de Beaujeu. The church of St Pierre possesses a square tower dating from the end of the 15th century. Porcelain is manufactured.

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