Colleville-sur-Mer

Summary

Colleville-sur-Mer (French pronunciation: [kɔlvil syʁ mɛʁ] (listen), literally Colleville on Sea) is a commune in the Calvados department in Normandie region in northwestern France.

Colleville-sur-Mer
Main street
Main street
Location of Colleville-sur-Mer
Colleville-sur-Mer is located in France
Colleville-sur-Mer
Colleville-sur-Mer
Colleville-sur-Mer is located in Normandy
Colleville-sur-Mer
Colleville-sur-Mer
Coordinates: 49°20′57″N 0°50′32″W / 49.3492°N 0.8422°W / 49.3492; -0.8422Coordinates: 49°20′57″N 0°50′32″W / 49.3492°N 0.8422°W / 49.3492; -0.8422
CountryFrance
RegionNormandy
DepartmentCalvados
ArrondissementBayeux
CantonTrévières
IntercommunalityCC Isigny-Omaha Intercom
Government
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Patrick Thomines[1]
Area
1
6.93 km2 (2.68 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2019)[2]
174
 • Density25/km2 (65/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
14165 /14710
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

HistoryEdit

It was originally a farm owned by a certain Koli, a Scandinavian settler in the Middle Ages. It shares the same etymology as the other Colleville in Normandy. During the conquest of England by William the Conqueror or following it, Gilbert de Colleville was given lands in England, it was from this Knight that the modern de Colville/Colvin/(Calvin in France,) family would develop, also including Clan Colville in Scotland and the Barony de Colville, of Castle Bytham in England.

The beach next to the coastal village was one of the principal beachheads during the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944, designated Omaha Beach.

PopulationEdit

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1962225—    
1968195−13.3%
1975180−7.7%
1982169−6.1%
1990146−13.6%
1999172+17.8%
2008164−4.7%
2018174+6.1%
 
Notre-Dame de l'Assomption de Colleville

SightsEdit

 
The Cemetery, June 2012

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires". data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.

External linksEdit

  • American D-Day: Omaha Beach, Utah Beach & Pointe du Hoc
  • Aerial movie of Colleville-sur-Mer, Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery – Film taken from a low flying propeller plane. British Tours.
  • How to visit Colleville-sur-Mer in one day from Paris.