World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Houdan

Article Id: WHEBN0000457017
Reproduction Date:

Title: Houdan  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Communes of Yvelines, Donjon de Houdan, Amaury III of Montfort, David Blondel, Faverolles chicken
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Houdan

Houdan
Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Houdan
Coat of arms
Houdan is located in France
Houdan
Coordinates:
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Yvelines
Arrondissement Mantes-la-Jolie
Canton Houdan
Intercommunality Pays houdanais
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Jean-Marie Tétart
Area1 10.39 km2 (4.01 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 3,141
 • Density 300/km2 (780/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 78310 / 78550
Elevation 87–129 m (285–423 ft)
(avg. 104 m or 341 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.

Houdan is a commune in the Yvelines department in the Île-de-France region in north-central France.

Contents

  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • Attractions 3
  • International relations 4
    • Twin towns – Sister cities 4.1
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Geography

Houdan is 63 kilometres (39 mi) west of Paris in the Yvelines département. It is linked by SNCF Alençon and Paris (Gare Montparnasse).

History

Houdan female chicken

The name has evolved from the Saxon "Hoding," meaning "settlement on the hill". Houdan is thought to have been inhabited since the 5th century. By the 12th century, two churches and a chateau were present.

During the Hundred Years' War, the town changed hands and was pillaged frequently. The town was destroyed; only the 12th century keep survives from that period. After the war, the town was ruled by the English until 1475.

Houdan is mentioned in the Prophecies of Nostradamus.

Houdan was a staging post on the road from Paris to Brittany, and many old inns are still standing.

Houdan was also an important poultry market for Paris and a breed is named after the town. The breed is ornamental, but is also used for its meat and white eggs.

Attractions

The keep
  • Vestiges of the old town wall fortifications, including a keep built around 1135.
  • Houses of the 15th and 16th centuries.
  • Church, 15th - 17th centuries, Renaissance-style choir.

International relations

Twin towns – Sister cities

Houdan is twinned with:

See also

References

  • INSEE
  1. ^ "British towns twinned with French towns". Archant Community Media Ltd. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 

External links

  • Houdan website


This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.