Béduer

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Béduer
The church in Béduer
The church in Béduer
Béduer is located in France
Béduer
Béduer
Coordinates: 44°34′54″N 1°57′01″E / 44.5817°N 1.9503°E / 44.5817; 1.9503Coordinates: 44°34′54″N 1°57′01″E / 44.5817°N 1.9503°E / 44.5817; 1.9503
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées
Department Lot
Arrondissement Figeac
Canton Figeac-Ouest
Intercommunality Pays de Figeac-Cajarc
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean Hirondelle
Area1 24.78 km2 (9.57 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 730
 • Density 29/km2 (76/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 46021 / 46100
Elevation 176–405 m (577–1,329 ft)
(avg. 260 m or 850 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.

Béduer is a commune in the Lot department in southwestern France.

Pilgrimage[edit]

Béduer is situated on the Via Podiensis route that is followed by those making the pilgimage to Santiago de Compostella and so receives pilgrims arriving from the town of Figeac.

From Béduer pilgrims continue on either to the Notre-Dame de l'Assomption church at Gréalou, reaching the Lot River at Cajarc, or follow the course of the River Célé to its confluence with the Lot, passing by the convent at Espagnac-Sainte-Eulalie.

History[edit]

The town was formerly owned by the Lostanges family. Its control of the land between the Lot and Célé rivers put it on a par with the Abbey at Figeac.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 419 —    
1968 426 +1.7%
1975 454 +6.6%
1982 516 +13.7%
1990 596 +15.5%
1999 623 +4.5%
2006 708 +13.6%
2009 730 +3.1%

Sights[edit]

The Château de Barasc, situated on a ridge dates from the twelfth century and has been successively renovated over the ages. It was home to the Barasc family, one of whom, Gerald V, was Bishop of Cahors between 1237 and 1250.

Personalities[edit]

  • Henri Descremps (born 1 April 1746 in Béduer; died around 1826 in Paris) was an 18th-century French magician who described his art in a famous book, La Magie blanche dévoilée (1784).
  • Augustin Boutaric (born 12 August 1885 in Béduer; died 1949 in Dijon) was noted physician and chemist.

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