Figeac

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Figeac
Subprefecture and commune
A general view of Figeac
A general view of Figeac
Coat of arms of Figeac
Coat of arms
Figeac is located in France
Figeac
Figeac
Location within Occitanie region
Figeac is located in Occitanie
Figeac
Figeac
Coordinates: 44°36′31″N 2°01′54″E / 44.6086°N 2.0317°E / 44.6086; 2.0317Coordinates: 44°36′31″N 2°01′54″E / 44.6086°N 2.0317°E / 44.6086; 2.0317
CountryFrance
RegionOccitanie
DepartmentLot
ArrondissementFigeac
CantonFigeac-1 and 2
IntercommunalityPays de Figeac-Cajarc
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) André Mellinger
Area135.16 km2 (13.58 sq mi)
Population (2011)29,773
 • Density280/km2 (720/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code46102 /46100
Elevation170–451 m (558–1,480 ft)
(avg. 225 m or 738 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.

Figeac (French pronunciation: ​[fiʒak]; Occitan: Fijac) is a commune in the Lot department in south-western France. Figeac is a sub-prefecture of the department.

History[edit]

Figeac is on the via Podiensis, a major hiking medieval pilgrimage trail which is part of the Way of St. James. Today, as a part of France's system of trails it is labelled the GR 65.

Notable people[edit]

Jean-François Champollion, the first translator of Egyptian hieroglyphics, was born in Figeac, where there is a Champollion Museum. On the "Place des écritures" (writings place) is a giant copy of the Rosetta stone, by Joseph Kosuth. The German film historian Lotte H Eisner hid from the Nazis in Figeac during World War II.

The actor Charles Boyer was also born in Figeac.

Media[edit]

Louis Malle's 1974 film, Lacombe Lucien, was filmed in Figeac.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Wikisource Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Figeac". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.