View of Clermont-l'Hérault's City centre
|• Mayor (2014–2020)||Salvador Ruiz|
|32.49 km2 (12.54 sq mi)|
|• Density||270/km2 (710/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||40–322 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.|
La Lergue, Le Salagou, Ruisseau des Servières are the main rivers that cross the town.
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.
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.
Politics and administration
|1971||Marcel Vidal||PS||Winemaker |
Member of the Senate for Hérault
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.
Clermont-l'Hérault is twinned with:
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Clermont-l'Herault". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
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