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Saint-Léger church
Coat of arms of Bessines-sur-Gartempe
Coat of arms
Bessines-sur-Gartempe is located in France
Location within Nouvelle-Aquitaine region
Bessines-sur-Gartempe is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Coordinates: 46°06′35″N 1°22′10″E / 46.1097°N 1.3694°E / 46.1097; 1.3694Coordinates: 46°06′35″N 1°22′10″E / 46.1097°N 1.3694°E / 46.1097; 1.3694
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Haute-Vienne
Arrondissement Bellac
Canton Ambazac
Intercommunality Porte d'Occitanie
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Andrea Soyer
Area1 55.41 km2 (21.39 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 2,965
 • Density 54/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code 87014 /87250
Elevation 250–533 m (820–1,749 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.

Bessines-sur-Gartempe (Occitan: Becinas) is a commune in the Haute-Vienne department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in western France.


The river Semme forms part of the commune's north-eastern border, flows westward through the northern part of the commune, north of Morterolles-sur-Semmes, a hamlet, then forms part of the commune's north-western border.

The river Gartempe forms part of the commune's eastern border, flows westward through the middle of the commune, north of Bessines-sur-Gartempe, the main village, then forms part of the commune's western border.

Inhabitants are known as Bessinauds.


In the late 20th century, the community's local band, a traveling chamber orchestra known as "La Banda de Bessines" ("The Bessines Band"), gained some national repute, winning French National Band Championships in 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, and 2005.[1]

Bessines sur Gartempe has also been awarded the prestigious "Village d'Etape" status.[2]


The painter Suzanne Valadon was born in the village in 1865.

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  1. ^ "Banda de Bessines website". Retrieved 2010-06-17.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2010-07-30.

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