Route nationale 141
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|Coordinates: 45°52′30″N 0°43′14″E|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Michel Gealageas|
|15.01 km2 (5.80 sq mi)|
|• Density||120/km2 (300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||148–250 m (486–820 ft) |
(avg. 156 m or 512 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
The Vienne River passes through Chabanais. The village is located in the Rochechouart crater, an ancient asteroid impact crater that eroded away and is no longer visible. Located in the heart of the Charente,, Chabanais is 42 km west of Limoges, 50 km northeast of Angoulême, 77 km north of Périgueux and 84 km southeast of Poitiers.
The town is small enough to be considered a large village and it boasts a open air market every Thursday, adding to a number of small, privately owned shops. The town has a rail station connecting with Limoges to the east and Angouleme to the west.
Chabanais was struck by an F2 tornado on 5 May 1997. In the summer of 2018, the town centre and some surrounding hamlets were struck by a devastating hailstorm which punctured many roofs on buildings and destroyed hundreds of car windscreens and bodywork.
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