Pérouges

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Pérouges
Perouges sundial 1274.JPG
Coat of arms of Pérouges
Coat of arms
Pérouges is located in France
Pérouges
Pérouges
Coordinates: 45°55′07″N 5°10′54″E / 45.9186°N 5.1817°E / 45.9186; 5.1817Coordinates: 45°55′07″N 5°10′54″E / 45.9186°N 5.1817°E / 45.9186; 5.1817
Country France
Region Rhône-Alpes
Department Ain
Arrondissement Bourg-en-Bresse
Canton Meximieux
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Paul Vernay
Area
 • Land1 18.97 km2 (7.32 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 1,205
 • Population2 density 64/km2 (160/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 01290 / 01800
Elevation 205–303 m (673–994 ft)
(avg. 270 m or 890 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.

Pérouges is a commune in the Ain department in eastern France. It is a medieval walled town 30 km (19 mi) northeast of Lyon. It is perched on a small hill that overlooks the plain of the Ain River.

History[edit]

Pérouges was inhabited by craftsmen — mainly farmers and linen weavers. It was probably founded by a Gallic colony returning from Perugia in Italy. In 1167, the Seigneur d'Anthon famously shut the commune's walls against the troops of the Archbishop of Lyon, and as early as 1236 the inhabitants earned communal freedom. In 1601 the town officially became French. Until the end of the 18th century, the textile industry in Pérouges boomed. In the 19th century, however, roads and railroads were re-routed and the population dropped from 1,500 to 90.[1] But, starting in 1911, the town was restored and houses were saved. Today, Pérouges is a popular tourist attraction.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1666 500 —    
1786 844 +68.8%
1790 1,052 +24.6%
1793 814 −22.6%
1800 898 +10.3%
1806 821 −8.6%
1821 873 +6.3%
1831 843 −3.4%
1836 834 −1.1%
1841 902 +8.2%
1846 899 −0.3%
1851 920 +2.3%
1856 919 −0.1%
1861 901 −2.0%
1866 890 −1.2%
1872 806 −9.4%
1876 801 −0.6%
1881 726 −9.4%
1886 706 −2.8%
1891 665 −5.8%
1896 599 −9.9%
1901 538 −10.2%
1906 536 −0.4%
1911 483 −9.9%
1921 364 −24.6%
1926 427 +17.3%
1931 429 +0.5%
1936 447 +4.2%
1946 447 +0.0%
1954 456 +2.0%
1962 474 +3.9%
1968 489 +3.2%
1975 531 +8.6%
1982 658 +23.9%
1990 851 +29.3%
1999 1,103 +29.6%
2008 1,205 +9.2%
Perouges, France

Films set in Pérouges[edit]

Given its authentic historical appearance, Pérouges is often used as the setting for period films by French directors[1] and others.

Films set in Pérouges are:

Cultural events[edit]

A spring festival has been held annually between April and June and hosts musical events ranging from Baroque to jazz.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Green Guide Auvergne, Rhône Valley, page 208, Michelin et Cie, 1995, ISBN 2-06-130401-X

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