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Figeac

Figeac.jpg
View of the old city of Figeac
Coat of arms of Figeac
Coat of arms
Figeac is located in France
Figeac
Administration
Country France
Region Midi-Pyrénées
Department Lot
Arrondissement Figeac
Canton capital of 2 Cantons
Intercommunality Pays de Figeac-Cajarc
Mayor André Mellinger
(2014-2020)
Statistics
Elevation 170–451 m (558–1,480 ft)
(avg. 311 m/1,020 ft)
Land area1 35.16 km2 (13.58 sq mi)
Population2 9,773  (2011)
 - Density 278/km2 (720/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 46102/ 46100
Website www.mairie-cahors.fr
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.
Coordinates: 44°36′31″N 2°01′54″E / 44.6086°N 2.0317°E / 44.6086; 2.0317

Figeac (Occitan: Fijac) is a commune in southern France in the region of Midi-Pyrénées. It is the sous-prefecture (capital) of the arrondissement of the same name in the Lot department.

It is also the capital of 2 cantons: Figeac-Est and Figeac-Ouest.

History

In the late ninth century, the King Pepin I of Aquitaine founded a monastery in Figeac; the town developed around the monastery as an important city on the pilgrimage routes. In the 14th century, the walls of Figeac were built.

Figeac is on the via Podiensis, a major medieval pilgrimage trail which is part of the Way of St. James.

Geography

Figeac is on the southwestern edge of the central plateau (Massif Central), north of the valley of the Lot river, on the right bank of the Célé river, a left tributary of the Lot.

The commune has an area of 35.16 km2 (13.58 sq mi) and its average altitude is 311 m (1,020 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 200 m (660 ft).[1]

Figeac and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Figeac

Figeac is surrounded by the communes:

Climate

The climate of Figeac, in the Köppen climate classification, is Cfb - Oceanic climate with template summers.[2]

Population

With a population of 9,773,[3] Figeac has a population density of 278 inhabitants/km2.

The inhabitants of Figeac are known, in French, as Figeacois (women: Figeacoises).[4]

People from or related to Figeac

Sister cities

Figeac is twinned with:

Gallery

References

  1. "Figeac". Map-France.com. http://www.map-france.com/Figeac-46100/. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  2. "Ville de Figeac" (in French). Annuaire-Mairie.fr. http://www.annuaire-mairie.fr/ville-figeac.html. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  3. "Populations légales en vigueur à compter du 1er janvier 2014: Lot" (in French) (pdf). Populations légales 2011 des départements et des collectivités d'outre-mer. Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. http://www.insee.fr/fr/ppp/bases-de-donnees/recensement/populations-legales/pages2013/pdf/dep46.pdf. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  4. "Figeac (46100)" (in French). habitants.fr. http://www.habitants.fr/habitants_figeac_46102.html. Retrieved 27 June 2014.

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