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Beynes (Municipality, Yvelines, France)

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Flag of Beynes - Image by Arnaud Leroy, 23 August 2002

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Presentation of Beynes

The municipality of Beynes (7,577 inhabitants in 2008; 1,856 ha) is located on river Maudre.
The origin of the name of Beynes is either Latin (Nibarnium, 9th century; Bania; Beyna, 1224) or Celtic (Beine). The valley of the Mauldre, orthogonal to the valley of the Seine, formed a natural defence against potential Norman or English invaders. This explains why a fort was built in Beynes, although the town is located in lowlands. In the 12th century, Beynes belonged to the St. Magloire abbey; it was erected a parish in 1159.
There was in the past a place in Saskatchewan (Canada) called Beynes, whose first settlers came from Beynes in France.

Ivan Sache, 23 August 2002

Flag of Beynes

The flag of Beynes is white with the municipal coat of arms in the middle.
The arms of Beynes were designed by the heraldist Mireille Louis. Dexter are shown the arms of the Duke of Brissac, who owned Beynes; sinister are shown the arms of the lords of Montfort-l'Amaury, who owned Beynes in the 13th century. In base, the oak stands for the Beynes forest.

Ivan Sache, 23 August 2002