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Coat of arms of Monpazier
Coat of arms
Monpazier is located in France
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
 • 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.


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.


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.


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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