La Charité-sur-Loire


La Charité-sur-Loire is a commune in the Nièvre department and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region of eastern France.

La Charité-sur-Loire
Sainte-Croix-Notre-Dame in La Charité-sur-Loire
Coat of arms
Location of La Charité-sur-Loire
La Charité-sur-Loire
La Charité-sur-Loire
Coordinates: 47°10′40″N 3°01′11″E
CountryFrance
RegionBourgogne-Franche-Comté
DepartmentNièvre
ArrondissementCosne-Cours-sur-Loire
CantonLa Charité-sur-Loire
IntercommunalityLes Bertranges
Government
  Mayor (20202026) Henri Valès[1]
Area
1
15.78 km2 (6.09 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2018)[2]
4,812
  Density300/km2 (790/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
58059 /58400
Elevation153–215 m (502–705 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

History


The settlement of La Charité grew up around the Cluniac priory of that name, founded on an island site in the River Loire in 1089.

During the Hundred Years War, the town was liberated from the English by French forces led by Joan of Arc on December 25, 1429.

A great fire ravaged the town in 1559.

In the second of the French Wars of Religion (1567–8) La Charité withstood eight months of siege by Catholic forces. It would later be one of the fortified towns given the status of Huguenot safe havens by the Peace of Saint-Germain-en-Laye (August 1570).

By the time of the French Revolution only a dozen monks remained in the priory, which was sold to private individuals and preserved. An improved highway that was to have been driven through the church was deflected by the report of Prosper Mérimée, the first inspector of monuments (and author of Carmen), who classed it as worth saving in 1840.

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Population


Historical population
YearPop.±%
19465,564    
19545,552−0.2%
19625,742+3.4%
19686,194+7.9%
19756,426+3.7%
19826,416−0.2%
19905,686−11.4%
19995,460−4.0%
20055,405−1.0%
20154,966−8.1%

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References


  1. "Répertoire national des élus: les maires". data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020.
  2. "Populations légales 2018". INSEE. 28 December 2020.