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Soyaux (France)
region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Charente
Arrondissement Angoulême
Canton Angoulême-3
Community association Grand Angoulême
Coordinates 45 ° 38 ′  N , 0 ° 12 ′  E Coordinates: 45 ° 38 ′  N , 0 ° 12 ′  E
height 56-166 m
surface 12.70 km 2
Residents 9,351 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 736 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 16800
INSEE code

Soyaux - Église Saint Mathieu

Soyaux is a municipality with 9351 inhabitants (at January 1, 2017) in western France Charente in the region Nouvelle-Aquitaine .


Soyaux is located in the old cultural landscape of the Angoumois at an altitude of about 130 meters above sea level. d. M. and about three kilometers (driving distance) east of the city of Angoulême .

Population development

year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2016
Residents 6588 11,680 12,717 10,903 10,353 10.177 10,386 9356

In the 19th century the population increased continuously from around 500 in 1800 to around 1500 in 1900. Due to the proximity to the city of Angoulême and comparatively low real estate prices, the population of the municipality increased to over 12,000 in the 20th century.


While agriculture and viticulture played the dominant roles well into the 19th century, large parts of the former arable land are cultivated today. Two industrial areas ( zones d'activités ) have been designated, in which several companies - including a rotary printing plant and a company for the production of plastic packaging - have settled. Otherwise retail, craft and smaller service companies determine the economic activity of the place.


Place names mentioned in old documents are Mons Soilis (908), Mons Suellis (1138) or inter Soellos (1273); the Romanesque church indicates a place that already existed in the Middle Ages.


Nave of the Saint-Mathieu church
Stone boxes of the medieval cemetery
  • The parish church of Saint-Mathieu , consecrated to the Evangelist Matthew , is a defensive and largely unadorned building from the 2nd half of the 12th century with a deep bell gable ( clocher mur ) above the flat apse . The gableless and almost square west facade contains only an unadorned portal and a window above it, each with only one archivolt arch and a faded decorative arch as a frame. The single-nave nave is covered with a wooden roof truss, the beams of which are interrupted at the level of the crossing by a transverse belt arch , which can also be viewed as a triumphal arch . The interior of the flat-closing apse, which is slightly retracted towards the church, is illuminated by a window with two set columns. The church has been recognized as a monument historique since 1949 .
  • Near the parish church, a medieval cemetery with several trapezoidal stone box graves or sarcophagi , which may have been used several times, was uncovered as early as 1850 .
  • The Jardin des senteurs et saveurs , which was only laid out in 2004, is located near the center of the village and has a sensible selection of regional plants.
  • The Logis de Frégeneuil was built in the 16th century, but then redesigned several times; The building received its present form in the second half of the 18th century. On the property there is a pigeon house ( pigeonnier ) for the supply of poultry. The buildings have been recognized as a monument historique since 1996 .
  • There are several sources whose borders as a washing area (in the municipality lavoir were used).

Partner communities

Web links

Commons : Soyaux  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Église Saint-Mathieu, Soyaux in the Base Mérimée of the French Ministry of Culture (French)
  2. Logis de Frégeneuil, Soyaux in the Base Mérimée of the French Ministry of Culture (French)