Town hall (originally the grain market)
|Intercommunality||Ambert Livradois Forez|
|• Mayor (2014–2020)||Myriam Fougère|
|Area1||60.48 km2 (23.35 sq mi)|
|• Density||110/km2 (290/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||63003 /63600|
|Elevation||514–1,365 m (1,686–4,478 ft)
(avg. 527 m or 1,729 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.
Ambert is famous for its fourme d'Ambert cheese, its paper mills (the first edition of Diderot's Encyclopédie was printed on paper made in Ambert) and its circular town market hall (popularized by Jules Romain in his novel Les copains).
There is an industrial museum with an interesting collection of tractors and small steam engines.
In the town the Museum of Cheese is worth a visit, as is the old paper mill a few kilometres outside the main town.
Ambert was the birthplace of the mathematician Michel Rolle (1652–1719), composer Emmanuel Chabrier (1841–1894), and anthropologist Henri Pourrat (1887-1959), who collected the oral traditions of the Auvergne. It is also the birthplace of actor and director Pierre-Loup Rajot.
Ambert is twinned with:
- Annweiler, Germany, since 1988
- Saitama, Japan, since 1989
- Gorgonzola, Italy, since 2002. Both cities, known for their blue cow's-milk cheeses (cheese and Fourme d'Ambert), have almost the same latitude: 45° 32' N for Gorgonzola, 45° 33' N for Ambert.
- "List of Mayors of Puy-de-Dôme" (PDF). Prefecture of Puy-de-Dôme. 9 April 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
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