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Coordinates: 47°37′25″N 4°20′16″E / 47.6236111111°N 4.33777777778°E / 47.6236111111; 4.33777777778

Commune of Montbard

Montbard is located in France
Country France
Region Bourgogne
Department Côte-d'Or
Arrondissement Montbard
Canton Montbard
Mayor Christelle Silvestre
Elevation 202–366 m (660–1,200 ft)
(avg. 221 m/730 ft)
Land area1 46.37 km2 (17.90 sq mi)
Population2 6,300  (1999)
 - Density 136 /km2 (350 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 21425/ 21500
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.

Montbard is a town in eastern France, a sub-prefecture of the Côte-d'Or department in the Bourgogne region.

Montbard is a small industrial town on the river Brenne.



Montbard is near the site of Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981.

The Château was the scene of the marriage of Anne de Bourgogne and John of Lancaster, Duke of Bedford in 1423. It was acquired by the naturalist Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon.


Some TGV express trains between Paris and Dijon stop at Montbard.

The Burgundy Canal also passes through the town.


Montbard was the birthplace of:

  • Louis Arnoux (1913-2006), painter
  • Jean Bardin (1732-1809), historical painter
  • Buffon (1707-1788), naturalist and mathematician
  • Henri-Gédéon Daloz (1861-1941), painter and photographer
  • Daubenton, (1716-1800), naturalist and collaborator of Buffon
  • Benjamin Guérard (1797-1854), writer
  • Eugène Guillaume (1822-1905), sculptor
  • Jean Claude Misset (1947), painter
  • Edmé Georges Piot (1828-1909)
  • Chantal Quenneville (1887-1969), painter


Jean-Andoche Junot (1771-1813), general during the First French Empire, committed suicide in Montbard


  • The Forges de Buffon, ironworks established by Buffon, are located in the nearby village of Buffon.
  • There has been a cricket team in the town since 1993.

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