Bridge over the Vincou
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Jean-Michel Doumeix|
|Area1||24.42 km2 (9.43 sq mi)|
|• Density||190/km2 (500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||87011 /87300|
|Elevation||175–301 m (574–988 ft)
(avg. 245 m or 804 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.
Inhabitants are known as Bellachons.
Bellac lies 45 km (28 mi) northwest of Limoges at the confluence of the rivers Gartempe and Vincou, in the Department of Haute-Vienne. Poitiers is 70 km (43 mi) to the northwest, and Angoulême 100 km (62 mi) to the southwest. The hills known as the Monts de Blond lie immediately to the south.
Bellac is 30 km (19 mi) west of the A20 Limoges-Orléans motorway, and lies at a crossroads where the RN145 crosses the RN147. Both these roads had been designated part of the Route Centre-Europe Atlantique (RCEA) and were thus at risk of being upgraded to motorway. However, the latest thinking is that the RCEA will be re-routed from La Souterraine south down the A20 to Limoges and then via upgraded to the N520/N141 routes to Angoulême and the west.
- Jean Giraudoux (1882–1944), writer, dramatist and playwright, was born in Bellac
- Charles Silvestre (1889–1948), writer, winner of the Prix Femina in 1926, died in Bellas
Anne Pierpoint Morgan helped France in two world wars. For her work in Bellac see Wikipedia and the Pierpoint Morgan Library site.
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