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Château de Colombières
Colombières is located in France
Location within Normandy region
Colombières is located in Normandy
Coordinates: 49°17′49″N 0°58′48″W / 49.2969°N 0.98°W / 49.2969; -0.98Coordinates: 49°17′49″N 0°58′48″W / 49.2969°N 0.98°W / 49.2969; -0.98
Country France
Region Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Bayeux
Canton Trévières
Intercommunality CC Isigny-Omaha Intercom
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Claude Lemonnier
Area1 10.64 km2 (4.11 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 198
 • Density 19/km2 (48/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 14168 /14710
Elevation 0–33 m (0–108 ft)
(avg. 15 m or 49 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.

Colombières is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France.


Colombières is situated in the north-western region of Calvados, 20 kilometres west of Bayeux and 9 kilometres from Isigny-sur-Mer, in the natural regional park of Cotentin and Bessin.


The village was freed on 9 June 1944 by the Allies. U.S. General Omar Bradley set up base for the Twelfth United States Army Group in Colombières castle.

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Colombières castle is a historic building, built between Bayeux and Isigny-sur-Mer, close to the D-Day landing beaches. It was one of the most famous forts in Lower Normandy while France was under Feudal rule. It is also known as : La vigie des Marais (The marsh lookout).


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 362 —    
1968 306 −15.5%
1975 231 −24.5%
1982 247 +6.9%
1990 218 −11.7%
1999 225 +3.2%
2008 198 −12.0%

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