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Vouziers (French pronunciation: [vu.zje]) is a commune of the Ardennes department in northern France.
Vouziers is known for being the burial place of the pioneer First World War fighter pilot , after whom the Stade Roland Garros in Paris (the location of the French Open tennis tournament) is named. Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (the first president of Czechoslovakia) fought at Vouziers with the Czechoslovak Legion in France; there is a monument to the legion, and the president's name given to the city lycee (high school). The cellist and conductor Jean Witkowski was born in Vouziers on 23 May 1895.
The town was also known for the solar eclipse of August 11, 1999. It hosted a major observation event. Because of its closeness to the Belgian border, it was gridlocked by visiting Belgian cars on the morning of the eclipse.
|• Mayor (2014-2020)||Yann Dugard|
|42.48 km2 (16.40 sq mi)|
|• Density||100/km2 (260/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||89–186 m (292–610 ft) |
(avg. 148 m or 486 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
Geographical information[change | change source]
The town lies between the Forest of Argonne, the pre-Ardennes, and Champagne, and near the Ardennes Massif (dense woodland). It is not far from Charleville-Mézières, Sedan (the largest medieval castle in Europe), Rocroi, Reims (where the kings of France were crowned), Châlons-en-Champagne, and Varennes-en-Argonne (where Louis XVI was arrested during the French Revolution). On 1 June 2016, the former communes Terron-sur-Aisne and Vrizy were merged into Vouziers.
Population[change | change source]
The inhabitants are called Vouzinois.
Relations with other cities[change | change source]
Vouziers is twinned with: