Bonnieux

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Bonnieux
France Provence Bonnieux Church.jpg
Bonnieux is located in France
Bonnieux
Bonnieux
Coordinates: 43°49′26″N 5°18′27″E / 43.8239°N 5.3075°E / 43.8239; 5.3075Coordinates: 43°49′26″N 5°18′27″E / 43.8239°N 5.3075°E / 43.8239; 5.3075
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Vaucluse
Arrondissement Apt
Canton Bonnieux
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Roger Fenelon
Area
 • Land1 51.12 km2 (19.74 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 1,441
 • Population2 density 28/km2 (73/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 84020 / 84480
Elevation 153–715 m (502–2,346 ft)
(avg. 420 m or 1,380 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.

Bonnieux is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. In the plain below the village stands the notable Roman bridge the Pont Julien.

Geography[edit]

Bonnieux is one of the many historic "hill villages" in the region. Dating back to Roman times, it rests on top of the Luberon hills casting a watchful gaze across the rest of the valley. Next to the village is a Cedar forest that began with trees imported from North Africa during the Napoleonic era. It sits opposite Mont Ventoux, other notable villages in the area include Ménerbes, Lacoste, Roussillon, and Gordes.

The commune is traversed by the river Calavon.

History[edit]

The region has been occupied since neolithic times, with evidence scattered throughout the Luberon. Monuments dating from Roman times exist near the village including the Pont Julien built in 3 BC located only 3 miles to the north. A monastery was first built at that location in the 6th century, and walls were in place by the 10th century. The town reached a maximum population in the mid 19th century, with 2804 people in 1841. It has since declined to less than half its peak with 1363 in 2004.[citation needed]

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