French commune
Blaye dockside with its grain elevators
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Blaye is a commune and sub-prefecture in the Gironde department in Aquitaine in southwestern France.


Blaye is located on the right bank of the Gironde estuary (which is some 3 km wide at this point), 56 km north of Bordeaux by rail.


In ancient times Blaye ("Blavia") was a port of the Santones. Tradition states that the hero Roland was buried in its basilica, which was on the site of the citadel. It was early an important stronghold which played an important part in the wars against the English (who burnt it in 1352) and the French Wars of Religion. The duchess of Berry was imprisoned in its fortress in 1832-1833.

The town was formerly named Blaye-et-Sainte-Luce and was renamed "Blaye" in June, 1961.


The town has a citadel built by Vauban on a rock beside the river, and embracing in its enceinte ruins of an old Gothic château. The latter contains the tomb of Charibert II, king of Aquitaine, and son of Clotaire II. Blaye is also defended by the Fort Paté on an island in the river and the Fort Médoc on its left bank, both of the 17th century.

The citadel of Blaye, its city walls, the Fort Paté and the Fort Médoc (the latter in nearby Cussac-Fort-Médoc) were listed in 2008 as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as part of the "Fortifications of Vauban" group.


Blaye has a small river-port, and carries on trade in wine, brandy, grain, fruit and timber. The industries include the building of small vessels, distilling, flour-milling, and the manufacture of oil and candles. Fine red wine is produced in the district.


Several schools are located in Blaye [*session*id*key*=*session*id*val*] .

Public schools include:
* Ecole Maternelle Pierre Bergeon
* Ecole Maternelle Lucien Grosperrin
* Ecole Elementaire Pierre Malbeteau
* Ecole Elementaire Andre Vallaeys


The town has tribunals of first instance and of commerce.

ee also

*French wine
*Bordeaux wine regions



External links

* [ Town council website] (in French)
* [ Personal website about Blaye] (in French)
* [ Webpage about Blaye Citadel]
* [ Another webpage about Blaye Citadel]

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