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The Pile, a Gallo-Roman tower

Coordinates: 47°20′54″N 0°27′45″E / 47.3483°N 0.4625°E / 47.3483; 0.4625Coordinates: 47°20′54″N 0°27′45″E / 47.3483°N 0.4625°E / 47.3483; 0.4625

Country France
Region Centre
Department Indre-et-Loire
Arrondissement Chinon
Canton Langeais
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean Gouzy
 • Land1 20.11 km2 (7.76 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Population2 3,333
 • Population2 density 170/km2 (430/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 37077 / 37130
Elevation 37–101 m (121–331 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.

Cinq-Mars-la-Pile is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France.



  • Pile of Cinq-Mars: the town derives its name from a thirty metres high, brick Roman tower perched on the hillside. It is remarkably well preserved. This is the highest funeral stack in Gaul (the other buildings are located in Aquitaine). In 2005, excavations unearthed remains of a monumental terrace with a remains of a building and a statue of a captive Oriental. The complex has been dated to the late second century or early third, seems to confirm it as a monument to a funeral pyre or pile. This aspect of the mausoleum suggests that it is a monument marking the grave of a dignitary of the Tours area, perhaps high-ranking military[1].
  • Monument in honour of Robert H. Dunlap, General U.S. Marine who was killed in May 1931 while trying to rescue a woman in a landslide in the village. A veteran of the First World War he was in France to follow lectures at Military College. It is one of six memorials in the series "Borne de la Terre sacrée" by the sculptor and former soldier of the First World War, Deblaize Gaston.

See also


  • INSEE commune file
  • Emmanuel Marot, La pile gallo-romaine de Cinq-Mars-la-Pile (Indre-et-Loire) : réexamen du dossier à la lumière des récentes découvertes
  • Milestones, May. 1, 1931
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