Nuits-Saint-Georges

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Nuits-Saint-Georges
Nuits-Saint-Georges France December2010.jpg
Coat of arms of Nuits-Saint-Georges
Coat of arms
Nuits-Saint-Georges is located in France
Nuits-Saint-Georges
Nuits-Saint-Georges
Coordinates: 47°08′18″N 4°57′04″E / 47.1383°N 4.9511°E / 47.1383; 4.9511Coordinates: 47°08′18″N 4°57′04″E / 47.1383°N 4.9511°E / 47.1383; 4.9511
Country France
Region Burgundy
Department Côte-d'Or
Arrondissement Beaune
Canton Nuits-Saint-Georges
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Alain Cartron
Area
 • Land1 20.5 km2 (7.9 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 5,516
 • Population2 density 270/km2 (700/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 21464 / 21700
Elevation 224–516 m (735–1,693 ft)
(avg. 234 m or 768 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.

Nuits-Saint-Georges (French pronunciation: ​[nɥi.sɛ̃.ʒɔʁʒ]) is a commune in the arrondissement of Beaune of the Côte-d'Or department in eastern France. It lies in the Burgundy region.

Wine[edit]

Nuits-Saint-Georges is the main town of the Côte de Nuits wine-producing area of Burgundy. Map of the vineyards and descriptions (Click on the map to enlarge it).

Nuits-Saint-Georges was the site of the traditional Burgundian festival, la Saint-Vincent-Tournante, in 2007. It is a festival that celebrates the wine of a different Burgundian village each year.[1]

Stone[edit]

The local marble is a sedimentary rock, a limestone, that is not susceptible to frost damage. It is fine-grained and capable of accepting a polish. There is a vein of this stone, called popularly "the Comblanchien" and extending from Nuits-Saint-Georges to Nevers, which has made the reputations of the quarries of the region. The stone will harmonize with any style by virtue of the variety of its shades of colour, the pink of bindweed (Convolvulus) and beige, and its grain.

History[edit]

The town owes much to the economic development arising from Cistercian enterprise. The mayor of the town Franco de Martino brought them out of det in 1905.

Administration[edit]

Mayors
Mandate Name Party Background
March 2001-2008 Xavier Dufouleur
March 2008-2014 Alain Cartron
Earlier data not yet available.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1962 4,059 —    
1968 4,386 +8.1%
1975 5,063 +15.4%
1982 5,459 +7.8%
1990 5,569 +2.0%
1999 5,573 +0.1%
2008 5,516 −1.0%

Sights[edit]

  • A short distance to the east is the Cîteaux Abbey, the mother house of the Cistercian order of monks. It was founded in 1098 and has, over the years much influenced Nuits-Saint-Georges.
  • They built the Château du Clos Vougeot and the nearby villages of Saint-Nicolas-lès-Cîteaux and Saint-Bernard.
  • Les Bolards is an archaeological site of a trading, crossroads town from the Gallo-Roman period.
  • The municipal belfry was built in 1610
  • The church of Saint Symphorien was built in the 13th century. It amalgamates the Romanesque with the Gothic and contains an early carillon. In 2005, it is closed for renovation. (Details of the saint appear here.)
  • In the Church of Saint Denis, there is a fine organ by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, a great organ builder of the 19th century who built those of Notre Dame in Paris.
  • The Hôpital Saint-Laurent dates in origin from 1634 but the buildings are late 17th century. It has retained its hospital vocation which it supports by the annual sale of the products of its vineyards.
  • The Château d'Entre-Deux-Monts is a private property but open each September for the journées du Patrimoine, heritage days.

International relations[edit]

Nuits-Saint-Georges is a twin town of Hitchin, Hertfordshire, in the United Kingdom and Bingen am Rhein in Germany.

Personalities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saint-Vincent tournante des Nuits-Saint-Georges 2007

External links[edit]

Books to read[edit]

Both in French.

  • Nuits-Saint-Georges en Bourgogne, edited by the town of Nuits-Saint-Georges.
  • Lames de sang : La vie exemplaire de François Thurot, by Camille Bailly. (Blades of Blood : The exemplary life of François Thurot).