Lunel

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Lunel
Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Lunel
Coat of arms
Lunel is located in France
Lunel
Lunel
Coordinates: 43°40′40″N 4°08′10″E / 43.6778°N 4.1361°E / 43.6778; 4.1361Coordinates: 43°40′40″N 4°08′10″E / 43.6778°N 4.1361°E / 43.6778; 4.1361
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Department Hérault
Arrondissement Montpellier
Canton Lunel
Intercommunality Pays de Lunel
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Claude Arnaud
Area
 • Land1 23.90 km2 (9.23 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 24,417
 • Population2 density 1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 34145 / 34400
Elevation 2–53 m (6.6–173.9 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.

Lunel is a commune in the Hérault department in southern France. According to legend, Lunel was founded by Jews from Jericho in first century[1] and an ancient synagogue may be seen there.

Map

Lunel is located 21 km (13 mi) east of Montpellier and 28 km (17 mi) southwest of Nîmes (Gard).

History[edit]

The ancient Roman site of Ambrussum is located nearby. The troubadour Folquet de Lunel was from Lunel.

Lunel was a centre of Jewish learning. It is thought that the family of Rashi (1040–1105), the great Rabbi and commentator, originated in Lunel. Other scholars include Jonathan of Lunel, Meshullam ben Jacob of Lunel, Abraham ben David who taught in Lunel before moving to Posquières, and Asher ben Meshullam of Lunel.

Lunel was the birthplace of Louis Feuillade (1873–1925), film director from the silent era. The artist Jean Hugo lived in the Lunel area for most of his life and painted scenes from the surrounding coutryside. The Parc Jean Hugo in the centre of the town was named after him.

Population[edit]

Historical population of Lunel
Year 1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851 1856
Population 4170 4227 4196 5554 6260 6320 6385 6639 6392 6712
Year 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896 1901 1906
Population 6737 6989 7281 8315 6487 6667 6793 7203 7532 7489
Year 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954 1962 1968
Population 7730 7539 8268 8435 7665 7775 7758 8872 10,735
Year 1975 1982 1990 1999 2008
Population 13,452 15,648 18,404 22,352 24,417

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Farber, J.B. (2013). The Pope's Jews in Provence: Itineraries. Arles: Editions Actes Sud. ISBN 2330018975. 

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