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Mérignac, Gironde

Mérignac
Commune
Castle of Bourran
Castle of Bourran
Coat of arms of Mérignac
Coat of arms
Mérignac is located in France
Mérignac
Mérignac
Location within Nouvelle-Aquitaine region
Mérignac is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Mérignac
Mérignac
Coordinates: 44°50′19″N 0°38′37″W / 44.8386°N 0.6436°W / 44.8386; -0.6436
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Gironde
Arrondissement Bordeaux
Canton Mérignac-1 and 2
Intercommunality Bordeaux
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Alain Anziani (PS)
Area1 48.17 km2 (18.60 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 68,386
 • Density 1,400/km2 (3,700/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 33281 /33700
Elevation 12–53 m (39–174 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.

Mérignac (French pronunciation: ​[meʁiɲak]) is a commune in the Gironde department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France. The 20th-century historian Robert Étienne (1921–2009) was born in Mérignac.

It is the largest suburb of the city of Bordeaux and adjoins it to the west. It is a member of the metropolitan Urban Community of Bordeaux.

Mérignac is the site of Bordeaux International Airport.

Etymology

The name Mérignac derives from the Gallo-Roman word Matriniacus, name of a villa rustica (countryside villa) that was the origin of today's town.

Population

Historical population
YearPop.±%
17932,511—    
18002,427−3.3%
18063,039+25.2%
18212,764−9.0%
18313,097+12.0%
18363,034−2.0%
18413,276+8.0%
18463,264−0.4%
18513,648+11.8%
18563,910+7.2%
18614,284+9.6%
18664,450+3.9%
18764,967+11.6%
18815,167+4.0%
18865,735+11.0%
18916,159+7.4%
18966,713+9.0%
19017,052+5.0%
19067,421+5.2%
19117,594+2.3%
19219,515+25.3%
192611,939+25.5%
193115,363+28.7%
193617,034+10.9%
194621,417+25.7%
195423,050+7.6%
196232,355+40.4%
196845,951+42.0%
197550,652+10.2%
198251,306+1.3%
199057,273+11.6%
199961,992+8.2%
200866,095+6.6%

Sights

  • Tour de Veyrines : Veyrines Dungeon.
  • Château Bourran : Bourran Castle
  • Château Le Burck : Le Burck Castle
  • Château aka Maison Noble du Parc or d'Espagne : Parc Castle or Spain Castle
  • Fontaine d'Arlac : Arlac Fountain
  • Immeuble Gillet : Gillet Building
  • La glacière : the icehouse
  • La vielle église : the old Roman church
  • Maison carrée d'Arlac : Arlac squarred house

Parks and gardens

  • Parc de Bourran (fr) :
  • Bois du Burck : Burck wood
  • Parc de Mérignac :
  • Parc Saint-Exupéry :
  • Parc du Vivier : the wood around the city hall

Education

The commune has about 5,000 students in the primary and secondary schools in its city. Schools include:[1]

  • 15 public and private preschools[2]
  • 15 public and private elementary schools[3]
  • Four junior high schools: Collège de Bourran, Collège de Capeyron, Collège Jules-Ferry, Collège des Eyquems[4]
  • Two senior high schools: Lycée Fernand Daguin and Lycée professionnel Marcel Dassault[5]

International relations

Twin towns – Sister cities

Mérignac is twinned with:[6]

See also

Notable inhabitants

References

  1. ^ "Scolarité des 3 – 11 ans." Mérignac, Gironde. Retrieved on September 6, 2016. "Quelque 5 000 enfants sont scolarisés dans la ville."
  2. ^ "Ecoles maternelles." Mérignac, Gironde. Retrieved on September 6, 2016. "La ville compte une quinzaine d’écoles maternelles, publiques et privées[...]"
  3. ^ "Ecoles élémentaires." Mérignac, Gironde. Retrieved on September 6, 2016. "La ville compte une quinzaine d’écoles élémentaires, publiques et privées,[..."
  4. ^ "Collèges." Mérignac, Gironde. Retrieved on September 6, 2016.
  5. ^ "Lycées." Mérignac, Gironde. Retrieved on September 6, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "National Commission for Decentralised cooperation". Délégation pour l’Action Extérieure des Collectivités Territoriales (Ministère des Affaires étrangères) (in French). Archived from the original on 2013-10-08. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 

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