Château-Gontier seen from the Europe Bridge
|Coordinates: 47°49′43″N 0°42′10″W / 47.8286°N 0.7028°WCoordinates: 47°49′43″N 0°42′10″W / 47.8286°N 0.7028°W|
|Region||Pays de la Loire|
|• Mayor (2014–2020)||Philippe Henry|
|Area1||27.88 km2 (10.76 sq mi)|
|• Density||400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||53062 / 53200|
26–99 m (85–325 ft) |
(avg. 83 m or 272 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
It is about 30 km (19 mi) south of Laval, the préfecture of the department of Mayenne. Château-Gontier is home to the Refuge de l'Arche, a refuge for abandoned or mistreated animals.
There are chalybeate springs close to the town. Château-Gontier owes its origin and its name to a castle erected in the first half of the 11th century by Gunther, the steward of Fulk Nerra of Anjou, on the site of a farm belonging to the monks of St Aubin d’Angers. On the extinction of the family, the lordship was assigned by Louis XI. to Philippe de Comines. The town suffered severely during the wars of the League. In 1793 it was occupied by the Vendeans.
- Conan II, Duke of Brittany was found dead here during the Breton Norman Wars, likely the victim of poisoning.
- Claude Pompidou was born here.
- General Emile-René Lemonnier was born and buried here.
- Louis-François Allard (1735-1819), physician and politician.
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