Vauvenargues, Bouches-du-Rhône

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Vauvenargues
Vauvenargues castle
Vauvenargues castle
Coat of arms of Vauvenargues
Coat of arms
Vauvenargues is located in France
Vauvenargues
Vauvenargues
Coordinates: 43°33′20″N 5°36′13″E / 43.5556°N 5.6036°E / 43.5556; 5.6036Coordinates: 43°33′20″N 5°36′13″E / 43.5556°N 5.6036°E / 43.5556; 5.6036
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Bouches-du-Rhône
Arrondissement Aix-en-Provence
Canton Aix-en-Provence-Nord-Est
Intercommunality Pays d'Aix
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Philippe Charrin
Area
 • Land1 54.31 km2 (20.97 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 921
 • Population2 density 17/km2 (44/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 13111 / 13126
Elevation 346–1,016 m (1,135–3,333 ft)
(avg. 458 m or 1,503 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.

Vauvenargues is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in southern France. It is close to Aix-en-Provence and the Montagne Sainte-Victoire.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1793 515 —    
1800 448 −13.0%
1806 502 +12.1%
1821 525 +4.6%
1831 512 −2.5%
1836 574 +12.1%
1841 546 −4.9%
1846 518 −5.1%
1851 514 −0.8%
1856 426 −17.1%
1861 429 +0.7%
1866 425 −0.9%
1872 415 −2.4%
1876 386 −7.0%
1881 351 −9.1%
1886 326 −7.1%
1891 275 −15.6%
1896 252 −8.4%
1901 230 −8.7%
1906 223 −3.0%
1911 186 −16.6%
1921 204 +9.7%
1926 185 −9.3%
1931 164 −11.4%
1936 142 −13.4%
1946 161 +13.4%
1954 139 −13.7%
1962 177 +27.3%
1968 271 +53.1%
1975 412 +52.0%
1982 585 +42.0%
1990 674 +15.2%
1999 729 +8.2%
2008 921 +26.3%

Chateau of Vauvenargues[edit]

The chateau in Vauvenargues stands on the site of a Roman fort which eventually was incorporated in a medieval fortress controlled by the Counts of Provence and later the Archbishops of Aix. For 250 years until the French revolution it was the seat of the de Clapiers family, who rebuilt the chateau in its present form and on whom Louis XV bestowed the title Marquis of Vauvernagues. For 150 years after that it was occupied by the d'Isoard family. In the mid-twentieth century its connection with French nobility lapsed. It was eventually bought in 1958 by Pablo Picasso, who was resident until 1962. Picasso and his wife Jacqueline are buried in the forecourt of the chateau, which is still the private property of the Picasso family.

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