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Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Saint-Cannat
Coat of arms
Saint-Cannat is located in France
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Bouches-du-Rhône
Arrondissement Aix-en-Provence
Canton Lambesc
Intercommunality Pays d'Aix
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jacky Gérard
Area1 36.54 km2 (14.11 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 5,347
 • Density 150/km2 (380/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 13091 / 13760
Elevation 159–391 m (522–1,283 ft)
(avg. 212 m or 696 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.

Saint-Cannat is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in southern France.


  • History 1
  • Population 2
  • Gallery 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The village was named after Canus Natus, a fifth century Roman Catholic Saint, who was a Roman clergyman born with white hair, a quirk synonymous with great wisdom at the time.[1] He was buried in Saint-Cannat, although there was no such place at the time, but soon enough several houses were built into a hamlet.[1]

In the twelfth century, Archbishop Pierre mentioned, 'Castrum Santi - Cannati' in a paper.[1]

In the thirteenth century, villagers turned on their archbishop and pledged allegiance to the Lord of the Baux-de-Provence, and then to the Kings of Sicily (namely, Frederic III of Aragon, or perhaps Louis XIII).[1] This, however, only lasted three years.[1] In the same century, the Knights Templar established a settlement there.[1]

Pierre André de Suffren was born here on 17 July 1729.[1] A century later, Alphonse Tavernier, a poet, was here on 27 November 1852.

On June 11, 1909, a terrible earthquake destroyed almost everything.[1] Shortly after, the houses were re-built in the same architectural style.[1] Both in 1984 and 1994 huge floods ravaged most houses.[1]

It has retained several fountains dating back to the 17th and 18th century, the remains of the medieval ramparts and the chateau, which today houses the town hall and museum.[1] The Route nationale 7 bisects the village.

There is a

  • Official website

External links

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k official website
  2. ^ Polo Club de Saint Cannat
  3. ^ Horace A. Laffaye, The Polo Encyclopedia, Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2004, p. 330
  4. ^ Village des automates
  5. ^ History


Roman Catholic church
Roman Catholic church 
Statue of Pierre André de Suffren
Statue of Pierre André de Suffren 
War memorial
War memorial 
An alley in Saint-Cannat
An alley in Saint-Cannat 



The creek Budéou flows through the village.

It is also home to the winery Château de Beaupré, started by Baron Emile Double (1869-1938) in 1890.[5]

There is also an entertainment park called Village des automates.[4]


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