Avranches

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Avranches
Botanical garden
Botanical garden
Coat of arms of Avranches
Coat of arms
Avranches is located in France
Avranches
Avranches
Location within Normandy region
Avranches is located in Normandy
Avranches
Avranches
Coordinates: 48°41′06″N 1°21′20″W / 48.685°N 1.3556°W / 48.685; -1.3556Coordinates: 48°41′06″N 1°21′20″W / 48.685°N 1.3556°W / 48.685; -1.3556
CountryFrance
RegionNormandy
DepartmentManche
ArrondissementAvranches
CantonAvranches
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Guenaël Huet
Area
1
4.5 km2 (1.7 sq mi)
Population
 (2009)2
8,090
 • Density1,800/km2 (4,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
50025 /50300
Elevation7–108 m (23–354 ft)
(avg. 108 m or 354 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Avranches is a commune in the Manche department. It is in the Lower Normandy region in northwestern France. It is a subprefecture of the department. The inhabitants are called Avranchinais.[1]

Geography[change | change source]

Avranches is at the south of the Cotentin Peninsula.

The town was built on high ground. It overlooks the dunes and coastal marshes along the bay. From Avranches, it is possible to see the Mont-Saint-Michel.

Twin towns[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Rene Andre, Avranches 2000 ans d' histoire, Publication Municipale

Other websites[change | change source]

  • Wikisource-logo.svg "Avranches" in the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica.
  • Media related to Avranches at Wikimedia Commons
  • INSEE commune file
  •  "Council of Avranches". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.