From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
The Town Hall
The Town Hall
Coat of arms of Ambérieux-en-Dombes
Coat of arms
Ambérieux-en-Dombes is located in France
Coordinates: 45°59′57″N 4°54′12″E / 45.9992°N 4.9033°E / 45.9992; 4.9033Coordinates: 45°59′57″N 4°54′12″E / 45.9992°N 4.9033°E / 45.9992; 4.9033
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Ain
Arrondissement Bourg-en-Bresse
Canton Villars-les-Dombes
Intercommunality Dombes-Saône Vallée
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Pierre Pernet
Area1 15.92 km2 (6.15 sq mi)
Population (2014)2 1,627
 • Density 100/km2 (260/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 01005 /01330
Elevation 265–302 m (869–991 ft)
(avg. 300 m or 980 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.

Ambérieux-en-Dombes (pronounced [ɑ̃.be.ʁjø.ɑ̃.dɔ̃b]) is a commune in the department of Ain in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of eastern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Ambarrois or Ambarroises[1]


As its name suggests, Ambérieux-en-Dombes is a part of the Dombes country in Ain. It is located some 10 km east of Villefranche-sur-Saone and 35 km north of Lyon. There are several access roads to the commune: the D904 comes from Savigneux in the west through the heart of the commune and the town and continues east to Lapeyrouse; the D66 road from Saint-Trivier-sur-Moignans in the north passes through the town and continues south to Saint-Jean-de-Thurigneux; the D660 comes from Rancé in the south-west to the town; and the D82 comes from Monthieux in the south-east and continues to Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne in the north-east. All of these roads intersect in or very near the town.[2]

There is a network of country roads covering the commune which is entirely farmland outside the built-up areas. Apart from the town there is the hamlet of La Jonchay to the north-east of the town.

There are many étangs or ponds in the commune, particularly in the east but almost no waterways.[2]


The village was known as Ambariacum in the 6th century and the land belonged to the castles of the first Burgundian kings.

On 13 July 1922 a train of the Compagnie des Tramways de l'Ain returning pilgrims from Ars-sur-Formans derailed between Ambérieux-en-Dombes and Lapeyrouse leaving one dead and several injured.[3]


Arms of Ambérieux-en-Dombes
The official emblem is still to be determined.

Party per fess, the first Or, a tower of gules port open charged with a dexter hand dorsed in benediction over a mallet and traversed by an antique crown of nine points with viscount's pearls all of Or, the tower supported by two horses rearing in sable; the second azure charged with a heron of argent with left leg raised..[4]


List of Successive Mayors of Ambérieux-en-Dombes [5]

From To Name Party Position
1995 2001 Jean Giroux
2001 2014 Bernard Ravoire
2014 2020 Pierre Pernet

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 1,616 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known through the population censuses conducted in the town since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of municipalities with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

Population Change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
553 637 390 654 644 652 650 755 744
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
737 818 887 823 848 879 882 862 852
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
835 805 805 698 690 618 593 625 570
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2007 2008
588 627 756 848 1,156 1,408 1,436 1,544 1,567
2009 2010 - - - - - - -
1,592 1,616 - - - - - - -

Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

Population of Ambérieux-en-Dombes

Culture and heritage[edit]

Sites and monuments[edit]

The Castle Tower.
  • The Chateau of Ambérieux-en-Dombes (15th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg is registered as an historical monument.[6] It was built between 1370 and 1376 (dendrochronological study) during the reign of Humbert V of Thoire and Villars. It is located in the centre of the village today and still has four towers - three square towers 19 metres tall and a round tower of small diameter which served as a prison. The dungeon has been completely restored with the installation of a new roof in 2010.[7]
  • The War Memorial has the feature of being topped by a rooster.

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

  • Laurent Capponi (1512-1573), Lord of Ambérieux-en-Dombes
  • Jean Saint-Cyr (1899-1990), French politician, born in Ambérieux-en-Dombes
  • Gundobad, the 6th-century king of the Burgundians, born in the commune

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002 [1], the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" which allow, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For municipalities with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these municipalities is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force on 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.