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Town hall (originally the grain market)
Town hall (originally the grain market)
Ambert is located in France
Coordinates: 45°33′01″N 3°44′33″E / 45.5503°N 3.7425°E / 45.5503; 3.7425Coordinates: 45°33′01″N 3°44′33″E / 45.5503°N 3.7425°E / 45.5503; 3.7425
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Puy-de-Dôme
Arrondissement Ambert
Canton Ambert
Intercommunality Ambert Livradois Forez
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Myriam Fougère[1]
Area1 60.48 km2 (23.35 sq mi)
Population (2014)2 6,794
 • 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 (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃bɛʁ]; Auvergnat: Embèrt) is a commune in the Puy-de-Dôme department in Auvergne in central France.


Ambert is the seat of the canton of Ambert and the arrondissement of Ambert. It is a sub-prefecture of the department. The arrondissement consists of eight cantons (before March 2015).


Ambert lies on the Dore River, a tributary of the Allier River.

General view


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 7,160 —    
1968 7,328 +2.3%
1975 7,603 +3.8%
1982 7,722 +1.6%
1990 7,420 −3.9%
1999 7,309 −1.5%
2006 7,376 +0.9%
2012 6,852 −7.1%


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).

The Agrivap Chemin de Fer Touristique operates out of Ambert.[2] There is a steam engine that makes a local run, but to see the line in full a ride on the Panoramique Autorail is not to be missed.

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.

International relations[edit]

Ambert is twinned with:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "List of Mayors of Puy-de-Dôme" (PDF). Prefecture of Puy-de-Dôme. 9 April 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  2. ^