|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Andrea Soyer|
|Area1||55.41 km2 (21.39 sq mi)|
|• Density||54/km2 (140/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||87014 / 87250|
|Elevation||250–533 m (820–1,749 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.
The river Semme forms part of the commune's north-eastern border, flows westward through the northern part of the commune, north of Morterolles-sur-Semmes, a hamlet, then forms part of the commune's north-western border.
The river Gartempe forms part of the commune's eastern border, flows westward through the middle of the commune, north of Bessines-sur-Gartempe, the main village, then forms part of the commune's western border.
Inhabitants are known as Bessinauds.
In the late 20th century, the community's local band, a traveling chamber orchestra known as "La Banda de Bessines" ("The Bessines Band"), gained some national repute, winning French National Band Championships in 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, and 2005.
Bessines sur Gartempe has also been awarded the prestigious "Village d'Etape" status.
The painter Suzanne Valadon was born in the village in 1865.
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