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Saint-Léonard Church
Saint-Léonard Church
Coat of arms of Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat
Coat of arms
Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat is located in France
Coordinates: 45°50′18″N 1°29′29″E / 45.8383°N 1.4914°E / 45.8383; 1.4914Coordinates: 45°50′18″N 1°29′29″E / 45.8383°N 1.4914°E / 45.8383; 1.4914
Country France
Region Limousin
Department Haute-Vienne
Arrondissement Limoges
Canton Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat
Intercommunality Noblat
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Christine Riffaud
Area1 55.59 km2 (21.46 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 4,757
 • Density 86/km2 (220/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 87161 / 87400
Elevation 250–444 m (820–1,457 ft)
(avg. 330 m or 1,080 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.

Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat (Occitan: Sent Liunard) is a commune in the Haute-Vienne department in the Limousin region in west-central France, on a hill above the river Vienne. It is named after Saint Leonard of Noblac.


Inhabitants are known as Miaulétous.


Saint-Léonard church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site part of the World Heritage Sites of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France. Lajoumard, administratively part of Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat, is one of the oldest villages in Limousin.

Notable people[edit]

Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat is the hometown of the chemist and physicist, Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac. Adrien Pressemane, a porcelain painter, lived in the town and represented the district in parliament.[1]

Raymond Poulidor, considered the most popular racing cyclist in France, lives in the town. He was known as "the eternal second" of the Tour de France after repeatedly losing, often against Jacques Anquetil, who won five times. Poulidor later competed against Eddy Merckx, who also won five times. Poulidor's best victory was in Milan-Sanremo.

- Gilles Deleuze, French philosopher, lived and is buried there.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Amdur, Kathryn Ellen (1986). Syndicalist legacy: trade unions and politics in two French cities in the era of World War I. University of Illinois Press. p. 48. ISBN 978-0-252-01238-9. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 

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