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Chassenon is located in France
Country France
Region Poitou-Charentes
Department Charente
Arrondissement Confolens
Canton Chabanais
Intercommunality Haute-Charente
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Pierre Reynaud
Area1 23.48 km2 (9.07 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 895
 • Density 38/km2 (99/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 16086 / 16150
Elevation 150–262 m (492–860 ft)
(avg. 220 m or 720 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.

Chassenon is a commune in the Charente department in southwestern France.


  • History 1
  • Population 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4


The ancient name of the village was Cassinomagus.

Situated on the Agrippan Way (Lyon - Saintes), Cassinomagus was, in the Roman times, important enough to be mentioned on the mediaeval Peutinger map as one of the two secondary towns between Limoges and Saintes. The remains of this Gallo-Roman town lay on about 300 hectares and include a sanctuary of about 25 hectares. This sanctuary consisted of several monuments: a big temple, two small ones, a theatre (amphitheatre ?), and thermal baths. The baths, which are very well preserved, can be visited.


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