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Ardenay-sur-Mérize (France)
region Pays de la Loire
Department Sarthe
Arrondissement Mamers
Canton Savigné-l'Évêque
Community association Gesnois Biluria
Coordinates 48 ° 0 ′  N , 0 ° 25 ′  E Coordinates: 48 ° 0 ′  N , 0 ° 25 ′  E
height 65-123 m
surface 11.67 km 2
Residents 486 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 42 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 72370
INSEE code

Ardenay-sur-Mérize is a French commune in the department of Sarthe in the region Pays de la Loire . It belongs to the arrondissement of Mamers and the canton of Savigné-l'Évêque . On January 1, 2017, the community had 486 inhabitants.


Ardenay-sur-Mérize is about ten kilometers as the crow flies east of Le Mans at an altitude between 65 and 123 m above sea level, the mean height is 104 m. The municipality covers 11.67 km² (1,167 hectares) and the population density is 37 people per km². The place is on the edge of the large wooded area Bois de Loudon .

The surrounding communities are:


The place was first mentioned in the 13th century, at that time there were about a dozen fiefs that had settled on the former moor.

In the 17th century, the residents converted to the Protestant faith and built another prayer place next to the church.

During the Franco-Prussian War , on January 9, 1871, there was fighting in the run-up to the Battle of Le Mans near Ardenay-sur-Mérize .

Culture and sights

Sights include the 17th and 18th century Château d'Ardenay. The moat is now dry. There are also the ruins of a medieval chapel and a French-style park.

Economy and Infrastructure

Approx. The Cristal Roc water factory , founded in 1968 by Max Reculard (1908–1999), is located 500 m southeast of the town center .

Other branches of activity are agriculture, especially the cultivation of grain and cattle breeding. There is a sawmill in the village.

Ardenay-sur-Mérize is accessed by the N 157 (Le Mans - Saint Calais). Further infrastructure with a rail connection is located in Le Mans.

Population development

1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
260 237 241 331 369 427 443

Web links

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