It is situated on the Orne River.
St. Martin's Church
Coat of arms
Location of Étain
|• Mayor (2001–2008)||Jean Picart|
|19.64 km2 (7.58 sq mi)|
|• Density||190/km2 (480/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||196–236 m (643–774 ft) |
(avg. 210 m or 690 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
It is located approximately 15 miles to the east north east of Verdun.
The town, which dates from the late 7th/early 8th century, does not have any natural defense features so has fallen to the Prussians and Russians in 1815 right after the Battle of Waterloo, and to the Germans in 1870, 1914 and again in 1940.
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