Saint-Benin-d'Azy


Saint-Benin-d'Azy (French pronunciation: [sɛ̃ bənɛ̃ dazi]) is a commune in the Nièvre department in central France.

Saint-Benin-d'Azy
Château du Vieil Azy [fr]
Coat of arms
Location of Saint-Benin-d'Azy
Saint-Benin-d'Azy
Saint-Benin-d'Azy
Coordinates: 47°00′01″N 3°23′36″E
CountryFrance
RegionBourgogne-Franche-Comté
DepartmentNièvre
ArrondissementNevers
CantonGuérigny
Government
  Mayor (20202026) Jean-Luc Gauthier[1]
Area
1
35.80 km2 (13.82 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2018)[2]
1,269
  Density35/km2 (92/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
58232 /58270
Elevation202–398 m (663–1,306 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Three rivers flow in this town : Le Rio, Le Barathon and L'Ixeure.

Administration


Saint-Benin-d'Azy is the seat of the canton of the same name in the arrondissement of Nevers.

The town is also the administrative centre of the Communauté de communes des Amognes, a community of 16 communes.

History


The name of the town (Saint-Benin) comes from the evangelist "Saint-Begnine" who evangelized Burgundy. Azy is a reference to the Roman military camp which was based in Saint-Benin.

At the time of the French Revolution, the name was replaced with Azy aux Amognes which was more revolutionary. During this period, most of the town suffered of destructions. This is the case of the church Saint Christophe which was at the place of the current "Café des Arts" (a new church was built in 1830).

Economy


The economy of this small town is currently agriculture and services.

In the past, there were small industrial companies producing iron. Like the other French small towns, Saint-Benin-d'Azy has some wine growers. The production is consumed locally.

Notable people


The economist and sociologist Jean Fourastié

His celebrity comes from the invention of the expression «les 30 glorieuses» to qualify the economic situation of European countries after the WW2. He was born in Saint-Benin in 1907.

The artist Rosa Bonheur

Her quality paintings of animals have made her visit Saint-Benin a lot of times. She became a celebrity because of her painting Labourage Nivernais.

Some other personalities can be linked to Saint-Benin-d'Azy, such as Matthieu Poussereau, Paul Vacant or Niki de Saint Phalle.

See also


References


  1. "Répertoire national des élus: les maires". data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020. Retrieved 7 December 2020.
  2. "Populations légales 2018". INSEE. 28 December 2020.