Monpazier

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Monpazier
The main square in Monpazier
The main square in Monpazier
Coat of arms of Monpazier
Coat of arms
Location of Monpazier
Monpazier is located in France
Monpazier
Monpazier
Monpazier is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Monpazier
Monpazier
Coordinates: 44°40′54″N 0°53′42″E / 44.6817°N 0.895°E / 44.6817; 0.895Coordinates: 44°40′54″N 0°53′42″E / 44.6817°N 0.895°E / 44.6817; 0.895
CountryFrance
RegionNouvelle-Aquitaine
DepartmentDordogne
ArrondissementBergerac
CantonLalinde
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Fabrice Duppi
Area
1
0.5 km2 (0.2 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
484
 • Density970/km2 (2,500/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
24280 /24540
Elevation144–222 m (472–728 ft)
(avg. 200 m or 660 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Monpazier is a commune in the Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwest France. The village is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The most beautiful villages of France") association.

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1962664—    
1968656−1.2%
1975558−14.9%
1982533−4.5%
1990531−0.4%
1999516−2.8%
2008527+2.1%

Its inhabitants are called Monpaziérois.[2]

Sights[edit]

Monpazier is a 13th-century bastide town begun in 1285, founded and built by King Edward I of England, who was also Duke of Gascony. It was home to Eleanor of Aquitaine and Richard II of England for a time (query - Eleanor dead before 1285). Nearby is the Château du Biron and the Dordogne River.

The parish church of Monpazier is St. Dominique, built from the 13th through the 16th centuries. The church was built in a rectangular parcel and adjoins with a corner of the marketplace. The apse was added in the fifteenth century and the choir was believed to have been completed in 1506.[3]

Events[edit]

During the summer months, Monpazier hosts a number of events of interest to tourists, including a cycle race around the bastide (usually at the start of August), a Medieval day ('fete medieval'), a Kermesse and several specialist markets. Each July the Chorale of Monpazier gives a concert in the church.

Church of St Dominique - The west façade seen through one of the cornières (angle openings) of the main square of Monpazier

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ "INSEE - National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies - France". www.insee.fr. Retrieved 2016-05-09.
  3. ^ "Monpazier - John Reps Bastides Collection". bastides.library.cornell.edu. Retrieved 2016-05-09.

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