Charolles

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Charolles
Coat of arms of Charolles
Coat of arms
Charolles is located in France
Charolles
Charolles
Coordinates: 46°26′04″N 4°16′31″E / 46.4344°N 4.2753°E / 46.4344; 4.2753Coordinates: 46°26′04″N 4°16′31″E / 46.4344°N 4.2753°E / 46.4344; 4.2753
Country France
Region Burgundy
Department Saône-et-Loire
Arrondissement Charolles
Canton Charolles
Area
 • Land1 19.92 km2 (7.69 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 3,153
 • Population2 density 160/km2 (410/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 71106 / 71120

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.
Semence River in Charolles, 1904

Charolles is a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in the region of Bourgogne in eastern France.

Geography[edit]

Charolles is located at the confluence of the Semence and the Arconce rivers, 60 kilometres (37 mi). W.N.W. of Mâcon.

History[edit]

Charolles was the capital of Charolais, an old division of France, which from the early 14th century gave the title of count to its possessors. In 1327 the county passed by marriage to the house of Armagnac, and in 1390 it was sold to Philip of Burgundy. After the death of Charles the Bold, who in his youth had borne the title of count of Charolais, it was seized by Louis XI of France, but in 1493 it was ceded by Charles VIII to Maximilian of Austria, the representative of the Burgundian family. Ultimately passing to the Spanish kings, it became for a considerable period an object of dispute between France and Spain, until at length in 1684 it was assigned to the great Condé, a creditor of the king of Spain. It was united to the French crown in 1771.

Sights[edit]

The ruins of the castle of the counts of Charolais occupy the summit of a hill in the immediate vicinity of the town.

Economy[edit]

According to the Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition (1911):

There are stone quarries in the vicinity; the town manufactures pottery, and is the centre for trade in the famous breed of Charolais cattle and in agricultural products.

People[edit]

Charolles was the birthplace of:

commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in the region of Bourgogne in eastern France.

Climate[edit]

Climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year round. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfb". (Marine West Coast Climate/Oceanic climate).[1]

Climate data for Charolles
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 6
(43)
8
(46)
13
(55)
16
(60)
19
(66)
23
(73)
25
(77)
24
(76)
22
(71)
16
(61)
10
(50)
6
(42)
15.7
(60)
Average low °C (°F) −1
(30)
−1
(30)
1
(34)
4
(39)
8
(46)
11
(52)
12
(54)
12
(54)
10
(50)
6
(42)
2
(36)
−1
(31)
5.3
(41.5)
Precipitation mm (inches) 66
(2.6)
56
(2.2)
53
(2.1)
56
(2.2)
71
(2.8)
71
(2.8)
61
(2.4)
80
(3)
80
(3)
66
(2.6)
71
(2.8)
66
(2.6)
797
(31.1)
Source: Weatherbase [2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Climate Summary For Charolles, France
  2. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on June 5, 2013.