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Mérignac, Gironde

Mérignac
Castle of Bourran
Castle of Bourran
Coat of arms of Mérignac
Coat of arms
Location of Mérignac
Mérignac is located in France
Mérignac
Mérignac
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
CountryFrance
RegionNouvelle-Aquitaine
DepartmentGironde
ArrondissementBordeaux
CantonMérignac-1 and 2
IntercommunalityBordeaux
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Alain Anziani (PS)
Area
1
48.17 km2 (18.60 sq mi)
Population
(2008)2
68,386
 • Density1,400/km2 (3,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
33281 /33700
Elevation12–53 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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