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Les Tourailles

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Les Tourailles

Les Tourailles
Les Tourailles
Les Tourailles

Coordinates: 48°46′00″N 0°24′00″W / 48.7667°N 0.4°W / 48.7667; -0.4Coordinates: 48°46′00″N 0°24′00″W / 48.7667°N 0.4°W / 48.7667; -0.4

Country France
Region Lower Normandy
Department Orne
Arrondissement Argentan
Canton Athis-de-l'Orne
Intercommunality Communauté de communes du Bocage d'Athis
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Odile Gauquelin
 • Land1 2.46 km2 (0.95 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 76
 • Population2 density 31/km2 (80/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 61489 / 61100
Elevation 159–254 m (522–833 ft)
(avg. 190 m or 620 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.

Les Tourailles is a commune in the Orne département and the region of Basse-Normandie in north-western France.


  • Watercourses: The river Rouvre.


  • Notre-Dame de la Recouvrance chapel, departure point for pilgrimages since the 9th century.


List of Mayors
Start End Name Party Profession
 ? March 2001 Paul Le Secq - -
March 2001 current Odile Gauquelin Independent -


Historical population of Les Tourailles
(Source : INSEE[1])
Year 1962196819751982199019992006
Population 1028474961026776
From the year 1962 on: population without double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

Sites and monuments

  • Basilica of the Notre-Dame de la Recouvrance chapel, completed in 1939.
  • 16th-century castle keep, a good ensemble with two pavilions.
  • Bridge of Tourailles, the remains of a Roman bridge.
  • Pilgrimages on 8 September and 31 May.

People associated with Les Tourailles

  • Antoine de Montchrestien (born Falaise, Calvados 1570,[2] died Les Tourailles 1621). Poet and author. Known by the name of 'Vatteville'. He tried to revive the religious wars of the sixteenth century but was killed when making a traveller's stop in Les Tourailles.

See also


  • INSEE commune file
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