Avranches


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Avranches

(ävräNsh`), town (1993 est. pop. 9,520), Manche dept., NW France, in Normandy, on the English Channel. Because of its proximity to the rocky island of Mont-Saint-MichelMont-Saint-Michel
, rocky isle (1993 est. pop. 72) in the Gulf of Saint-Malo, an arm of the English Channel, Manche dept., NW France, 1 mi (1.6 km) off the coast, near Avranches.
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, Avranches has a large tourist trade. A Roman town, it became an intellectual center in the early Middle Ages; Lanfranc taught there. It was devastated in the Hundred Years War, the Wars of Religion, and World War II.
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The castle was built on the site of a Roman fort and a Norman motte and bailey,built by Hugh of Avranches around 1090 and captured by the Welsh in 1115.
Principal battles and campaigns: Poland (1939); France (1940); BARBAROSSA (1941); Avranches (1944).