L'Aigle (Orne)

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Coat of arms of L'Aigle
L'Aigle (France)
region Normandy
Department Orne
Arrondissement Mortagne-au-Perche
Canton L'Aigle (main town)
Community association Pays de L'Aigle
Coordinates 48 ° 46 '  N , 0 ° 38'  E Coordinates: 48 ° 46 '  N , 0 ° 38'  E
height 195-277 m
surface 18.02 km 2
Residents 8,090 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 449 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 61300
INSEE code
Website www.ville-laigle.fr

The castle of L'Aigle

L'Aigle (until 1961 Laigle ) is a French town with 8090 inhabitants (at January 1, 2017) in the department of Orne in the region of Normandy . It is the capital of the canton of L'Aigle .


The city is located in the Pays d'Ouche and is traversed by the Risle River. After Mortagne-au-Perche ( sub-prefecture ) it is 30 kilometers, Alençon ( prefecture ) is about 65 kilometers southwest.


The well-known history of the city begins with Baron Fulbert de Beina , who had the castle of Laigle built in the 11th century (around 1010). According to legend, there was an eagle's nest on the construction site, which led to the name Aquila for eagle, or Aigle in French . Towards the end of the 17th century, a new castle was built on the site of the old castle according to plans by the architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart .

On April 26, 1803 came in L'Aigle to a meteor shower , which the previous doubts of the French Academy of Sciences cleaned out about the extraterrestrial origin of meteorites earlier.

In the Franco-Prussian War (1870–1871), German troops marched into L'Aigle on January 1, 1871 with about 600 men.

During the Second World War , the city was bombed on June 7, 1944, killing 150 people and causing significant damage.


Some of the city's attractions include:

  • Castle from the 17th / 18th centuries Century, today town hall
  • Churches
    • Saint-Martin, originally from the 11th century ( Romanesque and Flamboyant styles )
    • 12th century Saint Barthélemy (Romanesque)
    • Saint-Jean-Baptist from the 15th / 16th centuries century
  • Museums
    • Historical Museum (Musée historique)
    • Archaeological Museum (Musée archéologique)
    • Louis Verrières Museum
    • Musical Instrument Museum (Musée des Instruments de musique)

Twin cities

L'Aigle has twinned cities with


Web links

Commons : L'Aigle  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Alex Gardin: La guerre de 1870–1871 à Bernay . Les Éditions Page de Garde, Saint-Aubin-les-Elbeuf 1997, ISBN 2-84340-037-6 , p. 47 (French, first edition: 1898, reprint).