Bergerac, Dordogne

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Bergerac
Bergerac overlooking Dordogne.JPG
Coat of arms of Bergerac
Coat of arms
Bergerac is located in France
Bergerac
Bergerac
Coordinates: 44°51′N 0°29′E / 44.85°N 0.48°E / 44.85; 0.48Coordinates: 44°51′N 0°29′E / 44.85°N 0.48°E / 44.85; 0.48
Country France
Region Aquitaine
Department Dordogne
Arrondissement Bergerac
Intercommunality Bergerac Pourpre
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Dominique Rousseau
Area
 • Land1 56.10 km2 (21.66 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 27,555
 • Population2 density 490/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 24037 / 24100
Elevation 12–146 m (39–479 ft)
(avg. 29 m or 95 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.

Bergerac (French: [bɛʁ.ʒə.rak] ; Occitan: Brageirac) is a commune and a sub-prefecture of the Dordogne department in southwestern France.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1793 11,720 —    
1800 8,544 −27.1%
1806 8,665 +1.4%
1821 8,044 −7.2%
1831 8,557 +6.4%
1836 9,285 +8.5%
1841 10,102 +8.8%
1846 9,873 −2.3%
1851 10,402 +5.4%
1856 10,875 +4.5%
1861 12,116 +11.4%
1866 12,123 +0.1%
1872 11,699 −3.5%
1876 13,120 +12.1%
1881 15,042 +14.6%
1886 14,353 −4.6%
1891 14,735 +2.7%
1896 15,642 +6.2%
1901 15,936 +1.9%
1906 15,623 −2.0%
1911 16,162 +3.5%
1921 17,041 +5.4%
1926 16,593 −2.6%
1931 17,520 +5.6%
1936 18,902 +7.9%
1946 22,525 +19.2%
1954 23,622 +4.9%
1962 25,185 +6.6%
1968 27,165 +7.9%
1975 27,764 +2.2%
1982 26,832 −3.4%
1990 26,899 +0.2%
1999 26,071 −3.1%
2008 27,555 +5.7%

Economy[edit]

The region is primarily known for wine and tobacco. It has 12 recognized wine AOCs (Appellations d'origine contrôlée):

Bergerac offers some of the finest wines in the Bordeaux region. The drainage is excellent as a result of its proximity to the Dordogne River. The town has an important tourist industry and features a tobacco museum, in which, unlike in all the other museums, no smoking is allowed.

Transport[edit]

Bergerac is served by the Bergerac-Roumanière airport (code EGC), which has internal flights, and routes to UK airports including Southampton, Bristol, Manchester, East Midlands, Luton, Edinburgh, Exeter, Liverpool, Birmingham, Leeds-Bradford and London Stansted Airport. Transavia also flies to Bergerac from Rotterdam.

Bergerac has an SNCF station with regular services to Bordeaux and Sarlat-la-Canéda.

Education[edit]

Bergerac is located within the Bordeaux Académie, which covers the entire Aquitaine Region. The main High School is Lycée Maine de Biran. Other high schools in the town include the private school Institution Sainte Marthe - Saint Front, Lycée Jean Capelle and Lycée Profesionelle de l'Alba

Cyrano de Bergerac[edit]

The town contains two statues of Cyrano de Bergerac, subject of a famous play of the same name by Edmond Rostand, though the actual Cyrano never lived in Bergerac. An old stone statue stands on Place de la Myrpe, facing Place du Docteur Cayla. A newer statue, unusual in that it is painted in colour and stands on a stainless steel pedestal, has been erected on Place Pelissiere.

Old statue of Cyrano de Bergerac
Newer statue of Cyrano de Bergerac

Sights[edit]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Bergerac, Dordogne is twinned with:

See also[edit]

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