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Town twinning agreement : 1980

General Information

Flag: Bandera Niort
Country: Francia
Region: Poitou-Charentes
Departament: Deux-Sèvres (capital)
District:Niort District (capital)
Cantón: Capital de tres cantones: Cantón de Niort-Est, Cantón de Niort-Nord y Cantón de Niort-Ouest
Intercommunality: Communauté d'agglomération de Niort
Código INSEE: 79191
Postal code: 79000
Coordinates: 46°19'33?N, 0°27'38?O
Elevation: 28 msnm
Area: 68,20 km²
Population: 56.663 hab. (1999)
Desnsity: 830,84 hab./km²
Demonym: Niortais

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Niort is a French commune, capital of the Deux-Sèvres departament in Poitou-Charentes. The town was under French and English domination during the Hundred Years War. Eventually in the 14th century was under the French crown.The most remarkable sight is its castle Donjon de Niort, which was started by Henry II Plantagenet and finished by Richard, the Lionheart. It was used as a prison in the 18th century and finally declared historical monument in 1840.In 1896, Niort held the first national congress of ehtnology in France and the castle began to take on its current function as a museum, initially housing the collection of Poitevin costumesNiort is the French capital of mutual insurance and bank companies and one of the major financial centres in France.