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A sign showing the name of the inventor of photography
A sign showing the name of the inventor of photography
Saint-Loup-de-Varennes is located in France
Coordinates: 46°43′43″N 4°51′41″E / 46.7286°N 4.8614°E / 46.7286; 4.8614Coordinates: 46°43′43″N 4°51′41″E / 46.7286°N 4.8614°E / 46.7286; 4.8614
Country France
Region Burgundy
Department Saône-et-Loire
Arrondissement Chalon-sur-Saône
Canton Chalon-sur-Saône-Sud
Intercommunality Le grand Chalon
 • Mayor Francis Debras
Area1 8.32 km2 (3.21 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 1,146
 • Density 140/km2 (360/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 71444 / 71240
Elevation 171–205 m (561–673 ft)
(avg. 191 m or 627 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-Loup-de-Varennes is a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in the region of Bourgogne in eastern France.


It is 6 km (3.7 mi) south of the centre of Chalon-sur-Saône.

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View from the Window at Le Gras, one of Nicéphore Niépce's earliest surviving photographs

Nicéphore Niépce, the inventor of photography, lived in Saint-Loup-de-Varennes, where he died in 1833. One of his first photographs, circa 1826, the oldest known photograph, was taken in this village.

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