Bellême

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Bellême
Coat of arms of Bellême
Coat of arms
Bellême is located in France
Bellême
Bellême
Coordinates: 48°22′38″N 0°33′41″E / 48.3772°N 0.5614°E / 48.3772; 0.5614Coordinates: 48°22′38″N 0°33′41″E / 48.3772°N 0.5614°E / 48.3772; 0.5614
Country France
Region Lower Normandy
Department Orne
Arrondissement Mortagne-au-Perche
Canton Bellême
Government
 • Mayor Roussel
Area
 • Land1 1.71 km2 (0.66 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Population2 1,547
 • Population2 density 900/km2 (2,300/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 61038 / 61130
Elevation 162–230 m (531–755 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.

Bellême is a commune in the Orne department in northwestern France.

Location[edit]

At the heart of the Parc Naturel Régional du Perche, in the Orne Department, Bellême is on a hill that dominates the Perche area.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 2,771 —    
1800 2,708 −2.3%
1806 2,862 +5.7%
1821 3,103 +8.4%
1836 3,263 +5.2%
1841 3,143 −3.7%
1846 3,350 +6.6%
1851 3,126 −6.7%
1856 3,130 +0.1%
1861 3,153 +0.7%
1866 3,108 −1.4%
1872 3,199 +2.9%
1876 2,935 −8.3%
1881 2,825 −3.7%
1886 2,656 −6.0%
1891 2,563 −3.5%
1896 2,599 +1.4%
1901 2,627 +1.1%
1906 2,338 −11.0%
1911 2,187 −6.5%
1921 1,944 −11.1%
1926 1,992 +2.5%
1931 1,938 −2.7%
1936 1,792 −7.5%
1946 1,697 −5.3%
1954 1,627 −4.1%
1962 1,844 +13.3%
1968 1,742 −5.5%
1975 1,843 +5.8%
1982 1,849 +0.3%
1990 1,788 −3.3%
1999 1,774 −0.8%
2009 1,547 −12.8%

Heraldry[edit]

Arms of Bellême
The arms of Bellême are blazoned :
Sable, a triple-towered keep Or.

or
Azure semy de lys Or, a bordure gules bezanty (Or).



Sights[edit]

  • Church of Saint-Sauveur 15th century, 16th century, rebuilt between 1675 and 1710.
  • Crypt of the Saint-Santin Chapel, dating from the tenth century.
  • Château Gatehouse 15th century, and Moat.
  • Remains of the Ramparts, bearing a plaque commemorating the capture of the château and the town by King Saint Louis and his mother, Blanche of Castile in 1229.
  • 17th century and eighteenth century houses.
  • 17th century Hôtel de ville.
  • Sundials on rue du Château, place de la République and place Liègeard.

Landscape[edit]

  • The town is built around the crest of a natural bowl, in which sits an outdoor lido (swimming pool), moto-cross circuit, stables and an expansive 18-hole golf course with adjacent hotel and holiday apartments.

Events[edit]

  • Les Mycologiades internationales : Annual international wild mushroom festival.

International relations[edit]

Bellême is twinned with:

Sports[edit]

  • The town's football club, FC Pays Bellêmois, compete in the Ligue de Football Basse-Normandie and the Coupe de France, playing their home games at the town's Terrain Intercommunal.
  • Moto Club Bellêmois hosts motocross events that welcome an international field of competitors.

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