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Coordinates: 46°18′23″N 4°49′53″E / 46.30627150°N 4.83133717°E / 46.30627150; 4.83133717

Commune of Mâcon
Blason Mâcon.svg

Mâcon is located in France
Country France
Region Bourgogne
Department Saône-et-Loire
Arrondissement Mâcon
Intercommunality Mâconnais–Val de Saône
Mayor Jean-Patrick Courtois]
Elevation 167–347 m (550–1,140 ft)
(avg. 175 m/570 ft)
Land area1 27.04 km2 (10.44 sq mi)
Population2 35,393  (2006)
 - Density 1,309 /km2 (3,390 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 71270/ 71000
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.
The bridge over the Saône: Tour de France peloton entering Mâcon July 2006.

Mâcon is a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in the region of Bourgogne in eastern France.

It is the capital of the department, although Chalon-sur-Saône is larger.



Mâcon is located on the Saône River, north of Lyon.


For the ecclesiastical history, see Ancient Diocese of Mâcon

The foundation of ancient Matisco dates back to the 2nd century B.C. The city very soon became a busy crossroad. Border between the Kingdom of France and the Holy Roman Empire from 843 to 1600, Mâcon prospered thanks to the customs duties that were established. Mâcon was a Huguenot stronghold in the 16th century. In 1790, Mâcon became the capital of the "département of Saône-et-Loire" and saw the birth of one of its most famous inhabitants: Alphonse de Lamartine. The French Resistance was particularly active here during World War II and Mâcon was the first town in the French zone between Paris and Lyon.


The area west and north of Mâcon produces well-known wines from the Chardonnay grape. The best known appellation of the Mâconnais is Pouilly-Fuissé.


The town also has foundries and plants that manufacture motorcycles, electrical equipment and clothing. The town is also a touristy place with its river bank (with the Saône river), its old center and notably the "Maison de Bois" which was built in the 15th century.

The Tour de France frequently passes through Mâcon on its way down from the Alps around the month of July.

Notable people

Mâcon was the birthplace of Alphonse de Lamartine (1790-1869), writer, poet and politician.

In popular culture

Twin towns

Mâcon and the Saône River

See also


External links


Macon may refer to:



In Belgium:

In France:

  • Mâcon
    • The name Mâcon is also applied to the Mâconnais wine from that region

In the United States of America:

U.S. Navy ships


Macon is a surname (variants include Mason, Meason), and may refer to:

  • Nathaniel Macon (1758–1837), American politician in the early republic and namesake for many of the U.S. places
  • Robert B. Macon (1859–1925), U.S. Representative from Arkansas
  • Robert C. Macon (1890–1980), general in the U.S. Army during World War II
  • Robert le Maçon (c. 1365–1443), chancellor of France, advisor to Charles VII and supporter of Joan of Arc
  • Mark Macon (born 1969), former American professional basketball player
  • Max Macon (1915–1989), American Major League Baseball player and Minor League Baseball manager
  • Uncle Dave Macon (1870-1952), American country musician


See also


Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also Macon, and maçon


Proper noun

Wikipedia has an article on:



  1. A town and commune in France.
  2. A form of wine produced here (an alternate spelling of macon).


  • Anagrams of acmno
  • Namco


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