|• Mayor (2001 - 2008)||Jean-Louis Tailleux|
|• Land1||9.55 km2 (3.69 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||100/km2 (270/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||76486 / 76500|
|Elevation||2–131 m (6.6–429.8 ft)
(avg. 17 m or 56 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.
The history of the town goes back to Neolithic times, as proved by the finds of stone-age tools and mammoth bones in the numerous large caves and the cliffs of the area.
The Romans also left traces of their passing, with the remains of a fanum visible on one of the hills.
King Richard I of England (the Lion Heart) was very active in the region, erecting a castle here in 1195. Unfortunately, his brother John of England (known as John Lackland), couldn’t hold on to the territory and the building was already a ruin by 1203.
The arms of Orival are blazoned :
|Starting in 1962: Population without duplicates|
Places of interest
- The church of St.Georges, dating from the fifteenth century.
- The ruins of the thirteenth century castle of Roche-Fouet.
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