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Coat of arms of Baume-les-Messieurs
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Baume-les-Messieurs is located in France
Coordinates: 46°42′31″N 5°38′57″E / 46.7086°N 5.6492°E / 46.7086; 5.6492Coordinates: 46°42′31″N 5°38′57″E / 46.7086°N 5.6492°E / 46.7086; 5.6492
Country France
Region Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Department Jura
Arrondissement Lons-le-Saunier
Canton Voiteur
Intercommunality Jura Dolois
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Pascal Cardinal
Area1 13.09 km2 (5.05 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 197
 • Density 15/km2 (39/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 39041 /39210
Elevation 277–572 m (909–1,877 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.

Baume-les-Messieurs is a commune in the Jura department in the region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in eastern France.

The village lies within the most extensive of the steephead valleys of the Jura escarpment, the Reculée de Baume. It is therefore almost surrounded by limestone cliffs about 200m high. The River Seille has its source within the Reculée and flows through the village. A short tributary of the Seille, the River Dard, merges with the Seille at Baume; at the source of the Dard, also within the Reculée, there is a notable series of caves.

The village is dominated by the former Baume Abbey, and in consequence has a significant tourist trade, though this mainly involves day visitors. Conducted tours both of the abbey and of the Dard caves are offered. The GR 59 long-distance footpath passes through the village.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 222 —    
1968 231 +4.1%
1975 202 −12.6%
1982 174 −13.9%
1990 196 +12.6%
1999 194 −1.0%
2006 208 +7.2%
2009 197 −5.3%

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