Gourdon, Alpes-Maritimes

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Gourdon
Gourdon.jpg
Coat of arms of Gourdon
Coat of arms
Gourdon is located in France
Gourdon
Gourdon
Coordinates: 43°43′16″N 6°58′45″E / 43.7211°N 6.9792°E / 43.7211; 6.9792Coordinates: 43°43′16″N 6°58′45″E / 43.7211°N 6.9792°E / 43.7211; 6.9792
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Alpes-Maritimes
Arrondissement Grasse
Canton Le Bar-sur-Loup
Intercommunality Sophia Antipolis
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Eric Mele
Area
 • Land1 22.53 km2 (8.70 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 453
 • Population2 density 20/km2 (52/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 06068 / 06620
Elevation 157–1,335 m (515–4,380 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.

Gourdon is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France. Gourdon offers magnificent panoramic views.

History and geography[edit]

In the distant past, this isolated rock was used as a place of refuge and defence. Gourdon, as it appears to us today, gives a good example of a Feudal village. It is built on a peak whose impressive slopes will, after many hundreds of rock falls, end their days in the Loup River. There is only one entrance, from which you can access the main street. In former times, it was defended by a simple and harmonious Roman gate, that has been demolished at the beginning of the century. Thick, high ramparts close off the North side, which is the only point from which the village can be approached.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1962 216 —    
1968 242 +12.0%
1975 254 +5.0%
1982 231 −9.1%
1990 294 +27.3%
1999 379 +28.9%
2008 453 +19.5%

Tourism[edit]

The castle is one of Gourdon's most important features. It has been open to visitors since 1950, and was classed as an historical monument in 1971. Its magnificent gardens were designed by André Le Nôtre. Its architecture dates from the ninth century.

Filmography[edit]

Certain scenes of Les Misérables (2012) were filmed at Gourdon and in the surrounding area.

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External links[edit]

Gourdon Castle