Clermont-l'Hérault

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Clermont-l'Hérault
View of Clermont-l'Hérault's City centre
View of Clermont-l'Hérault's City centre
Coat of arms of Clermont-l'Hérault
Coat of arms
Location of Clermont-l'Hérault
Clermont-l'Hérault is located in France
Clermont-l'Hérault
Clermont-l'Hérault
Clermont-l'Hérault is located in Occitanie
Clermont-l'Hérault
Clermont-l'Hérault
Coordinates: 43°37′41″N 3°25′59″E / 43.6281°N 3.4331°E / 43.6281; 3.4331Coordinates: 43°37′41″N 3°25′59″E / 43.6281°N 3.4331°E / 43.6281; 3.4331
CountryFrance
RegionOccitanie
DepartmentHérault
ArrondissementLodève
CantonClermont-l'Hérault
IntercommunalityClermontais
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Salvador Ruiz
Area
1
32.49 km2 (12.54 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
8,893
 • Density270/km2 (710/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
34079 /34800
Elevation40–322 m (131–1,056 ft)
(avg. 92 m or 302 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Clermont-l'Hérault (Occitan: Clarmont d’Erau) is a commune in the Hérault department in southern France.

Geography[edit]

Map

Chief town of Canton, Clermont-l'Hérault is located about 40 km west of Montpellier, halfway between the Mediterranean Sea to the south and the Cévennes National Park to the north.

Hydrography[edit]

La Lergue, Le Salagou, Ruisseau des Servières are the main rivers that cross the town.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Climate[edit]

The city enjoys a Mediterranean climate. The winter is mild despite the frosts that can sometimes occur. Summer is hot. In autumn, Mediterranean episodes occur with heavy rain showers.

History[edit]

Julian calendar. Leudaire of the jurisdiction of Clermont

The town of Clermont-l'Hérault has been occupied since Protohistory: during the Iron Age (6th century BC), Clermont constitutes one of the main Oppidum of the Mediterranean Celtic.

Recent archaeological excavations have demonstrated its importance during antiquity (INRAP, 2000s). There was then a main agglomeration of five to six hectares and a peripheral inhabited area of 12 hectares. The remains of a thermal establishment have been uncovered.

The town was several times taken and retaken in the religious wars of the 16th century. The city was formerly known as Clermont-Lodève. Nearby, the manufacture of sheets Villeneuvette was created, or rather relaunched in 1667 by Colbert to develop the cloth industry in France, taking advantage of the waters of the Dourbie.

Collégiale Saint-Paul de Clermont-l'Hérault

Politics and administration[edit]

Election Mayor Party Occupation
1971 Marcel Vidal PS Winemaker
Member of the Senate for Hérault
1977
1983
1989
1995
2001 Alain Cazorla PS
2008
2014 Salvador Ruiz DVG Teacher

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
17934,888—    
18005,224+6.9%
18065,694+9.0%
18215,837+2.5%
18316,199+6.2%
18366,582+6.2%
18416,294−4.4%
18466,134−2.5%
18516,180+0.7%
18566,232+0.8%
18616,405+2.8%
18666,050−5.5%
18725,870−3.0%
18765,964+1.6%
18815,450−8.6%
18865,191−4.8%
18915,079−2.2%
18965,083+0.1%
19015,280+3.9%
19065,140−2.7%
19115,177+0.7%
19215,381+3.9%
19265,616+4.4%
19315,657+0.7%
19365,428−4.0%
19465,195−4.3%
19545,314+2.3%
19625,538+4.2%
19686,209+12.1%
19755,482−11.7%
19825,926+8.1%
19906,041+1.9%
19996,532+8.1%
20087,395+13.2%
20138,322+12.5%
20168,742+5.0%

Sights[edit]

The town is built on the slope of a hill ("Pioch Castel") which is crowned by an ancient castle (Château des Guilhem) and skirted by the Rhonel, a tributary of the Lergue. It has an interesting chapel "Les Pénitents"(Penitents) recently restored, built in southern Gothic style. It is now a cultural centre. Also of interest is Saint Paul's church, begun in the 12th century, and finished in the 14th century.

Close by is the large man-made Lac du Salagou.

International relations[edit]

Clermont-l'Hérault is twinned with:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.

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