Crest, Drôme

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Crest
The town seen from the tower
The town seen from the tower
Coat of arms of Crest
Coat of arms
Crest is located in France
Crest
Crest
Coordinates: 44°43′45″N 5°01′22″E / 44.7292°N 5.0228°E / 44.7292; 5.0228Coordinates: 44°43′45″N 5°01′22″E / 44.7292°N 5.0228°E / 44.7292; 5.0228
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Drôme
Arrondissement Die
Canton Crest-Nord and Crest-Sud
Intercommunality Val de Drôme
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Hervé Mariton
Area1 23.38 km2 (9.03 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 8,095
 • Density 350/km2 (900/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 26108 /26400
Elevation 166–463 m (545–1,519 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.

Crest is a commune in the Drôme department in southeastern France.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 4,500 —    
1800 4,500 +0.0%
1806 4,370 −2.9%
1821 4,335 −0.8%
1831 4,901 +13.1%
1836 4,983 +1.7%
1841 4,948 −0.7%
1846 5,079 +2.6%
1851 5,423 +6.8%
1856 5,110 −5.8%
1861 5,460 +6.8%
1866 5,351 −2.0%
1872 5,568 +4.1%
1876 5,600 +0.6%
1881 5,535 −1.2%
1886 5,669 +2.4%
1891 5,569 −1.8%
1896 5,582 +0.2%
1901 5,579 −0.1%
1906 5,660 +1.5%
1911 5,536 −2.2%
1921 5,005 −9.6%
1926 5,250 +4.9%
1931 5,379 +2.5%
1936 5,513 +2.5%
1946 5,359 −2.8%
1954 5,773 +7.7%
1962 6,207 +7.5%
1968 7,140 +15.0%
1975 7,519 +5.3%
1982 7,518 −0.0%
1990 7,583 +0.9%
1999 7,739 +2.1%
2008 7,793 +0.7%

Its inhabitants are called Crestois.

Sights[edit]

  • The Tour de Crest, one of the highest medieval keeps in France - 52 m. Its height dominates the town. The tower was part of a castle which guarded one of the entrances to the Pre-Alps in Drôme. The site offers a large panoramic view.

There are various exhibitions in the castle plus information about the Tour's past including the fact that it has served as a prison in the past.

The Tour holds two spectacular carved wooden doors one of which is believed to depict the original castle.

  • Saint-Sauveur Church
  • Monument to the resistance to the coup d'état of 2 December 1851 in Provence.

There is an artisanal chocolate manufacturer in the town with a chocolate museum attached. The museum has a model of the tour in chocolate and various scenes in the history of chocolate also created in chocolate.

The town is still substantially medieval with steep narrow lanes leading up to the Tour.

Twin towns[edit]

Crest is twinned with:

- Cromer in Norfolk, England,

- Nidda in Germany and

- Ponte San Nicolò in Italy.

A twinning agreement has also been signed with the Slovenian town of Medvode.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Drôme River at Crest