Town hall (originally the grain market)
|Intercommunality||Ambert Livradois Forez|
|• Mayor (2020–2026)||Guy Gorbinet|
|60.48 km2 (23.35 sq mi)|
|• Density||110/km2 (290/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|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.|
Ambert is famous for its fourme d'Ambert cheese - "Fourme d'Ambert", its paper mills - "Le moulin Richard de Bas" - (the first edition of Diderot's Encyclopédie was printed on paper made in Ambert) and its circular town market hall - "La Mairie" - (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 (1958–).
Ambert is twinned with:
- Annweiler, Germany, since 1988
- Higashichichibu, 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.
Touristic places near Ambert
Some semi-famous places to go when visiting Ambert, France are:
- La Mairie (a round town hall, fun when the farmer's market is there)
- Le Moulin Richard-de-Bas (a paper mill, with a great tour for all ages, workshops, activities and a nice little garden)
- "Populations légales 2017". INSEE. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
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