Monpazier

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Monpazier
Monpazier.jpg
Coat of arms of Monpazier
Coat of arms
Monpazier is located in France
Monpazier
Monpazier
Coordinates: 44°40′54″N 0°53′42″E / 44.6817°N 0.895°E / 44.6817; 0.895Coordinates: 44°40′54″N 0°53′42″E / 44.6817°N 0.895°E / 44.6817; 0.895
Country France
Region Aquitaine
Department Dordogne
Arrondissement Bergerac
Canton Monpazier
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Fabrice Duppi
Area1 0.5 km2 (0.2 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 527
 • Density 1,100/km2 (2,700/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 24280 / 24540
Elevation 144–222 m (472–728 ft)
(avg. 200 m or 660 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.

Monpazier is a commune in the Dordogne department in Aquitaine in southwest France. The village is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The most beautiful villages of France") association.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 664 —    
1968 656 −1.2%
1975 558 −14.9%
1982 533 −4.5%
1990 531 −0.4%
1999 516 −2.8%
2008 527 +2.1%

Its inhabitants are called Monpaziérois.

Sights[edit]

Monpazier is a 13th-century bastide town begun in 1285, founded and built by King Edward I of England, who was also Duke of Gascony. It was home to Eleanor of Aquitaine and Richard II of England for a time. Nearby is the Château du Biron and the Dordogne River.

The parish church of Monpazier is St. Dominique, built from the 13th through the 16th centuries.

Events[edit]

During the summer months, Monpazier hosts a number of events of interest to tourists, including a cycle race around the bastide (usually at the start of August), a Medieval day ('fete medieval'), a Kermesse and several specialist markets.

Church of St Dominique - The west façade seen through one of the cornières (angle openings) of the main square of Monpazier

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