Giou-de-Mamou

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Giou-de-Mamou
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Giou-de-Mamou is located in France
Giou-de-Mamou
Giou-de-Mamou
Coordinates: 44°55′58″N 2°30′53″E / 44.9328°N 2.5147°E / 44.9328; 2.5147Coordinates: 44°55′58″N 2°30′53″E / 44.9328°N 2.5147°E / 44.9328; 2.5147
Country France
Region Auvergne
Department Cantal
Arrondissement Aurillac
Canton Aurillac 4
Intercommunality Bassin d'Aurillac
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Gabriel Peyronnet
Area
 • Land1 14.23 km2 (5.49 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 746
 • Population2 density 52/km2 (140/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 15074 / 15130
Elevation 616–966 m (2,021–3,169 ft)
(avg. 640 m or 2,100 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.

Giou-de-Mamou is a commune in the Cantal department in south-central France.

Geography[edit]

Giou-de-Mamou is 564 km away from Paris and 6 km away from Aurillac.

The village lies at an altitude of 740 metres and is only 20 km away from the Heart of the Auvergne Volcano Park.

Language[edit]

The Occitan language was historically dominant in Cantal.

Climate[edit]

Giou de Mamou's climate is quite cold in winter (it snows almost every year), but it can be very hot during the summer times.

Winter landscape,Espériès, Giou de Mamou, Cantal

History[edit]

Giou-de-Mamou's rock has probably been inhabited since the Celtic period (megalithic remains have been found in the village).

The name Giou-de-Mamou is of ancient origins and would indicate that Jupiter (Jovis) was worshiped there. [1]

Prior to the French Revolution Giou de Mamou was part of a former province of Auvergne called Haute-Auvergne. Giou de Mamou joined the Aurillac district in 1990. [2]

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 446 —    
1968 427 −4.3%
1975 461 +8.0%
1982 648 +40.6%
1990 677 +4.5%
1999 697 +3.0%
2008 746 +7.0%

Sights[edit]

  • St-Bonnet Church (Fifteenth Century)[1]
  • Megalithic remains, esp. in L'Hôpital (3km from the centre of the village)
  • Beliashe Theatre: Production and distribution of shows [2]

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