Romorantin - Encyclopedia


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ROMORANTIN, a town of central France, capital of an arrondissement in the department of Loir-et-Cher, 31 m. S.E. of Blois by rail. Pop. (1906) town, 6836; commune, 8374.8374. The town is situated on the Sauldre at its confluence with the Morantin, whence its name (Rivus Morantini). A church dating mainly from the 12th century, a gateway of the 16th century and some old houses are the chief objects of interest. The remains of a chateau rebuilt by Francis I. in the Renaissance style are used as the sub-prefecture. Tribunals of first instance and of commerce, and a communal college are among the public institutions. The manufacture of flannel and cloth especially for army clothing is carried on, together with trade in wine, live stock, agricultural produce and the asparagus of the vicinity.

In 1560 Romorantin gave its name to an edict which prevented the introduction of the Inquisition into France. The industrial importance of the town dates from the later middle ages.

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