Saint-Cirq-Lapopie overlooking the Lot River
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Gilles Hardeveld|
|• Land1||17.89 km2 (6.91 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||12/km2 (30/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||46256 / 46330|
|Elevation||120–389 m (394–1,276 ft)
(avg. 320 m or 1,050 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.
Its position, originally selected for defense, perched on a steep cliff 100 m above the river has helped make the town one of the most popular tourist destinations in the department, and the entire town is almost a museum. After it was "discovered" by the Post-Impressionist Henri Martin, it became popular with other artists and the home of the writer André Breton.
The stronghold of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie was the main seat of one of the four viscounties that made up Quercy, divided among four feudal dynasties, the Lapopie, Gourdon, Cardaillac and Castelnau families.
Way of St. James
Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is situated along the French pilgrimage route, Way of St. James. Coming from Cabrerets pilgrims would pass through, and then continue to Cahors, visiting St. Stephen's cathedral.
- Charles Rappoport (1865 - 1941) - Lithuanian-born militant communist politician, journalist and writer
- Poet André Breton spent time here in the 1950s in his "auberge des Mariniers."
The Guardian reported in July 2012 that the village received 400,000 visitors each year, mostly from within France, and that it had become "besieged by tourists" since winning a popularity vote on a French public television program in June 2012.
- fr:Saint-Cirq-Lapopie#Le pèlerinage de Compostelle
- Willsher, Kim (28 July 2012). "France's favourite village doesn't want to be a tourist supermarket". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
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