Beaujeu, Rhône

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The Church of Saint-Nicolas, in Beaujeu
The Church of Saint-Nicolas, in Beaujeu
Coat of arms of Beaujeu
Coat of arms
Beaujeu is located in France
Location within Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
Beaujeu is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Coordinates: 46°09′18″N 4°35′20″E / 46.155°N 4.5889°E / 46.155; 4.5889Coordinates: 46°09′18″N 4°35′20″E / 46.155°N 4.5889°E / 46.155; 4.5889
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Rhône
Arrondissement Villefranche-sur-Saône
Canton Belleville
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Sylvain Sotton
Area1 17.85 km2 (6.89 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 2,048
 • Density 110/km2 (300/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 69018 /69430
Elevation 277–880 m (909–2,887 ft)
(avg. 293 m or 961 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.

Beaujeu (Bôjor/Biôjœr in Arpitan) is a commune of the Rhône department in eastern France.

It lies between Mâcon and Lyon.

Beaujeu gives its name to the famous wine region of Beaujolais (Biôjolês), a former province of France of which it is the historical capital. However it was overtaken in the 14th century by Villefranche-sur-Saône, which remains the main commercial centre of the region.


Beaujolais was a semi-autonomous fiefdom of the Lords of Beaujeu. The barony was acquired in the 9th century by Guillaume, Comte du Lyonnais and Count of Forez; on his death, his son Bérard became the first Lord of Beaujeu.

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After the death of Edouard II, the barony passed to his uncle Louis II, Duke of Bourbon and was used as a title first by members of the Bourbon family and then by the House of Orléans. In 1522, Francis I of France confiscated the title and gave it to his mother Louise of Savoy, but it reverted to the French crown on her death in 1531.

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