Villeneuve-sur-Yonne

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Villeneuve-sur-Yonne
Sketch of the gate to the city by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc
Sketch of the gate to the city by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc
Villeneuve-sur-Yonne is located in France
Villeneuve-sur-Yonne
Villeneuve-sur-Yonne
Coordinates: 48°05′34″N 3°17′40″E / 48.0928°N 3.2945°E / 48.0928; 3.2945Coordinates: 48°05′34″N 3°17′40″E / 48.0928°N 3.2945°E / 48.0928; 3.2945
Country France
Region Burgundy
Department Yonne
Arrondissement Sens
Canton Villeneuve-sur-Yonne
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Cyril Boulleaux
Area1 40.00 km2 (15.44 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 5,385
 • Density 130/km2 (350/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 89464 / 89500
Elevation 68–206 m (223–676 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.

Villeneuve-sur-Yonne is a commune in the Yonne department in Burgundy in north-central France.

It is surrounded by a partly intact wall, built during the 12th century, which was one of the 8 residences of the French kings.

Geography[edit]

The city lies on the bank of the River Yonne, between the cities of Sens and Joigny.

History[edit]

The city was founded in 1163 by Louis VII of France to protect the kingdom of France at the boundary of the Champagne. In 1204 King Philip II Augustus held parliament in the city, and Louis IX resided in the city before departing for the Eighth Crusade. In 1594 the city was burnt down. During the French Revolution the name was changed from le-Roi (the king) to sur-Yonne (on the Yonne). In 1870 a memorial for the dead was designed by the sculptor Émile Peynot. The city was governed from 1927 till 1935 by the infamous mayor Marcel Pétiot, who was guillotined in 1946, convicted of 27 killings.

Demography[edit]

The inhabitants are called Villeneuviens.

Historical population of Villeneuve-sur-Yonne
Year 1936 1954 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2009
Population 4077 4372 4333 4452 4764 4980 5054 5404 5385 5263

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Villeneuve-sur-Yonne
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 6
(43)
8
(46)
12
(54)
15
(59)
20
(68)
23
(73)
26
(79)
26
(79)
22
(72)
16
(61)
10
(50)
7
(45)
15.9
(60.8)
Average low °C (°F) 1
(34)
1
(34)
4
(39)
5
(41)
9
(48)
12
(54)
14
(57)
14
(57)
11
(52)
8
(46)
4
(39)
2
(36)
7.1
(44.8)
Rainfall cm (inches) 3.78
(1.488)
3.71
(1.461)
2.96
(1.165)
4.12
(1.622)
4.32
(1.701)
4.14
(1.63)
4.12
(1.622)
3.54
(1.394)
4.1
(1.61)
5.07
(1.996)
4.81
(1.894)
4.21
(1.657)
48.88
(19.24)
Source: [1]

Main sights[edit]

Porch of Notre-Dame de l'Assomption
  • Two main entrance gates to the city, Gate of Sens and Gate of Joigny. The Gate of Joigny or Porte de Joigny was rebuilt in the 16th century; the Gate of Sens, or Porte de Sens, predates it by three hundred years and is similar in appearance.[2]
  • Gothic and Renaissance Church Notre-Dame de l'Assomption (Our Lady of Assumption).
  • City market built during the 19th century by Paul Sédille.
  • La Lucarne aux Chouettes or The Owls' Nest restaurant which was run by Leslie Caron, serving Burgundy specialities. The old dilapidated boathouse was bought by her in 1990 on the suggestion of Jean Renoir.[3]
  • A Neolithic menhir situated on the bank of the river, called Pierre-Fritte or Plaine-des-Egriselles.[4]

Sister and twin cities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ weather.uk.msn.com
  2. ^ "au-chateau.com". Retrieved 2007-02-26. 
  3. ^ "Newsday.com". Retrieved 2007-02-26. 
  4. ^ "Culture.gouv.fr". Retrieved 2007-02-26. 

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