|• Mayor (2001–2008)||Jean Roujon|
|• Land1||12.45 km2 (4.81 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||440/km2 (1,100/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||48092 / 48100|
|Elevation||632–918 m (2,073–3,012 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.
Its inhabitants are known as Marvejolais.
Following the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre, the town walls were reinforced to protect the Huguenot population during the French Wars of Religion, Protestant Capt. Matthieu Merle based himself at Marvejols during his conquest of the Gévaudan.
But, having sided with the then Protestant Henri of Navarre, the future King Henry IV of France, the town was besieged and burned to the ground by the Catholics. Henry had it rebuilt in 1601 in recognition of the town's support for him.
|Census count starting from 1962 : Population without double counting|
Monuments and sights
- La porte du Soubeyran, a town gateway dating from the fourteenth century.
Despite some 17th century repairs, it still keeps its medieval charm.
- Notre Dame de la Carce dating from the end of the 13th century, becoming collegiate in 1310.
- Two large bronze sculptures by Emmanuel Auricoste can be seen at two of the entrances to Marvejols. One represents the mythical Beast of Gévaudan, the other, that of Henry IV of France, inscribed "exécuté à Marvejols en 1954" (Executed in 1954), which refers, of course, to the date of the sculpture, not the King's demise.
- The wolf park of Gévaudan: Over 100 wolves live in a semi-natural state in an area of hills above Marvejols, once renowned for the animals.
Espoir Oc (Hope for Oc) is an association founded about twenty years ago, to promote and develop the Occitan language and culture. Based in Marvejols, they organize, on the first weekend of July, a festival based on the theme of the Middle Ages. Two big events take place; on the Saturday evening a great banquet consisting entirely of regional produce, finishing with a dance; on the Sunday morning, the mass is said in Occitan.
- Rock band Subway is made up of four women, all originally from Marvejols.
- Gilbert de Chambrun, mayor (1953–1965).
- Armand Blanquet du Chayla, French admiral.
- Samuel Darchy, footballer
In popular culture
The latter part of the story in the movie Betty Blue takes place in Marvejols.
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