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Montmorillon Coat of Arms
Montmorillon (France)
region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Vienne
Arrondissement Montmorillon
Canton Montmorillon (main town)
Community association Vienne et Gartempe
Coordinates 46 ° 26 '  N , 0 ° 52'  E Coordinates: 46 ° 26 '  N , 0 ° 52'  E
height 82-168 m
surface 57.00 km 2
Residents 5,954 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 104 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 86500
INSEE code

Montmorillon at the Gartempe

Montmorillon is a French municipality with 5954 inhabitants (at January 1, 2017) in the department of Vienne in the region Nouvelle-Aquitaine ; it is the administrative seat of the arrondissement of Montmorillon and the capital of the canton of Montmorillon .

The community is considered a book village in France .


Montmorillon is 50 kilometers southeast of Poitiers and 90 kilometers northwest of Limoges . The Gartempe flows through the place.


In the Middle Ages there was a castle in Montmorillon on a rock near the Notre-Dame church, but nothing remains of it.

Population development

year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2009
Residents 5,743 6,034 6,685 6,954 6,667 6,895 6,410


  • The Octagon of Montmorillon is a Romanesque cemetery chapel from the 12th century. It has been under monument protection as Monument historique since 1840 .
  • The church Notre-Dame was built from the 12th to the 14th century. The apse of the crypt contains a large fresco depicting the mystical marriage of St. Catherine and the Christ child. It is the oldest example of this iconography from the late 12th or early 13th century. In the center the enthroned Mother of God is depicted, holding the boy who extends his right hand to the crowned Katharina.
  • The chapel of Saint-Laurent des Maison-Dieu with a facade from the 12th century has also been a monument historique since 1840.
  • The neo-Gothic church Saint-Martial of the 19th century stands on the site of a previous Romanesque church.


Montmorillon gave its name to montmorillonite , a layered silicate .

Town twinning



Web links

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