Belvoir, Doubs

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Belvoir
Belvoir.jpg
Belvoir is located in France
Belvoir
Belvoir
Coordinates: 47°19′06″N 6°36′15″E / 47.3183°N 6.6042°E / 47.3183; 6.6042Coordinates: 47°19′06″N 6°36′15″E / 47.3183°N 6.6042°E / 47.3183; 6.6042
Country France
Region Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Department Doubs
Arrondissement Montbéliard
Canton Clerval
Intercommunality Vallon de Sancey
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Christian Brand
Area1 9.31 km2 (3.59 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 97
 • Density 10/km2 (27/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 25053 /25430
Elevation 506–671 m (1,660–2,201 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.

Belvoir is a commune in the Doubs department in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region in eastern France.

Geography[edit]

Belvoir lies 18 km (11 mi) southeast of Clerval on a prominent hill.

History[edit]

Belvoir is noted for its castle, built by Jean de Chalon. It has been rebuilt, and the date of 1224 inscribed above the arch of the north tower is the oldest inscription in Arabic numerals in the region.

The lords of Belvoir were noted both in war and in peace: Hervis and Huon were Crusaders, and Vincent, the friend of Louis IX of France, wrote the first encyclopedia.

The Rohan family were the last noble owners of the castle.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 120 —    
1968 130 +8.3%
1975 115 −11.5%
1982 100 −13.0%
1990 98 −2.0%
1999 102 +4.1%
2008 99 −2.9%
2012 97 −2.0%

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