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Town hall
Town hall
Ambert is located in France
Coordinates: 45°33′01″N 3°44′33″E / 45.5503°N 3.7425°E / 45.5503; 3.7425Coordinates: 45°33′01″N 3°44′33″E / 45.5503°N 3.7425°E / 45.5503; 3.7425
Country France
Region Auvergne
Department Puy-de-Dôme
Arrondissement Ambert
Canton Ambert
Intercommunality Pays d'Ambert
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Christian Chevaleyre
Area1 60.48 km2 (23.35 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 6,962
 • Density 120/km2 (300/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 63003 / 63600
Elevation 514–1,365 m (1,686–4,478 ft)
(avg. 527 m or 1,729 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.

Ambert (Occitan Embèrt) is a commune in the Puy-de-Dôme department in Auvergne in central France.


Ambert is the seat of the canton of Ambert and the arrondissement of Ambert. It is a sub-prefecture of the department. The arrondissement consists of eight cantons.


Ambert lies on the Dore River, a tributary of the Allier River.

General view


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 7,160 —    
1968 7,328 +2.3%
1975 7,603 +3.8%
1982 7,722 +1.6%
1990 7,420 −3.9%
1999 7,309 −1.5%
2006 7,376 +0.9%
2009 6,962 −5.6%


Ambert is famous for its fourme-d'Ambert cheese, its paper mills (the first edition of Diderot's Encyclopédie was printed on paper made in Ambert) and its circular town hall (popularized by Jules Romain in his novel Les copains).

The Agrivap Chemin de Fer Touristique operates out of Ambert.[1] There is a steam engine that makes a local run, but to see the line in full a ride on the Panoramique Autorail is not be missed.

There is an industrial museum with an interesting collection of tractors and small steam engines.

In the town the Museum of Cheese is worth a visit, as is the old paper mill a few kilometres outside the main town.


Ambert was the birthplace of Michel Rolle (1652–1719), mathematician, Emmanuel Chabrier (1841–1894), composer and Henri Pourrat (1887-1959), writer who is known to wrote novel Gaspard des Montagnes.

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