Aiguèze

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Aiguèze
Ardèche River, seen from Saint-Martin-d'Ardèche. Aiguèze is located on the hill in the background.
Ardèche River, seen from Saint-Martin-d'Ardèche. Aiguèze is located on the hill in the background.
Coat of arms of Aiguèze
Coat of arms
Aiguèze is located in France
Aiguèze
Aiguèze
Coordinates: 44°18′15″N 4°33′23″E / 44.3042°N 4.5564°E / 44.3042; 4.5564Coordinates: 44°18′15″N 4°33′23″E / 44.3042°N 4.5564°E / 44.3042; 4.5564
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Department Gard
Arrondissement Nîmes
Canton Pont-Saint-Esprit
Intercommunality ValCezArd
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Roland Vincent
Area
 • Land1 20.03 km2 (7.73 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 225
 • Population2 density 11/km2 (29/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 30005 / 30760
Elevation 40–405 m (131–1,329 ft)
(avg. 88 m or 289 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.

Aiguèze is a commune in the Gard department in southern France.

Since 2005, Aiguèze has been a member of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The most beautiful villages of France"), the first such location in Gard.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1793 410 —    
1800 411 +0.2%
1806 496 +20.7%
1821 714 +44.0%
1831 553 −22.5%
1836 545 −1.4%
1841 523 −4.0%
1846 493 −5.7%
1851 486 −1.4%
1856 515 +6.0%
1861 513 −0.4%
1866 517 +0.8%
1872 417 −19.3%
1876 434 +4.1%
1881 435 +0.2%
1886 417 −4.1%
1891 385 −7.7%
1896 401 +4.2%
1901 354 −11.7%
1906 352 −0.6%
1911 301 −14.5%
1921 235 −21.9%
1926 223 −5.1%
1931 222 −0.4%
1936 189 −14.9%
1946 175 −7.4%
1954 165 −5.7%
1962 190 +15.2%
1968 206 +8.4%
1975 161 −21.8%
1982 182 +13.0%
1990 215 +18.1%
1999 204 −5.1%
2008 225 +10.3%

Sights[edit]

Eglise à Aiguèze 2.JPG

Aiguèze is a medieval village. The 14th century fort has a watchpath which provides fine views of the entrance to the Ardèche Gorges.[1]

The origins of the parish church are Romanesque; a Renaissance doorway was removed in the 19th century. The interior was restored at the beginning of the 20th century with decor donated in 1910 by the Archbishop of Rouen, primate of Normandy, a native of the village. The church has been a listed monument historique since 1993.[2]

Including the church, the commune has five sites recorded in the French Ministry of Culture list of historic sites.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michelin Green Guide Auvergne Rhône Valley, p58, Michelin 1995 ISBN 2-06-130401-X
  2. ^ Eglise paroissiale in Ministry of Culture listing
  3. ^ Ministry of Culture listing for Aiguèze