Sauveterre, with the Mont Ventoux in the background (left)
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Jacques Demanse|
|Area1||13.09 km2 (5.05 sq mi)|
|• Density||140/km2 (370/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||30312 / 30150|
|Elevation||12–140 m (39–459 ft)
(avg. 98 m or 322 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 village is mainly a farming community, with a dozen or so shops providing essential local foodstuffs and services, including bakeries, a hairdresser, a grocery, a video rental, two bar-restaurants, a car repair garage, a post office, the town hall and community centre, and a small modern housing development.
The main road runs along the foot of a steep escarpment on which the majority of the older houses are located in a labyrinth of steep narrow lanes. To the east of the road the farmland land is the flat former flood plain of the Rhöne River, and is planted mainly with apples, melons, pumpkins, asparagus, and market garden produce from organic agriculture.
The village has existed as a small hamlet with a parish priest since medieval times and was annexed by Roquemaure in 1442.
- Château de Montsauve 17th century
- Château de Varenne 1778
- Church 19th century restored : Monumental exterior stairway, Interior : Virgin and Christ painted by Guirand de Scevola .
- Chapel of Notre-Dame de Four, early 13th century, restored.
- remains of a monastery: Notre-Dame-des-Fours.
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