Nolay, Côte-d'Or

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Old market
Old market
Coat of arms of Nolay
Coat of arms
Nolay is located in France
Coordinates: 46°57′09″N 4°38′02″E / 46.9525°N 4.634°E / 46.9525; 4.634Coordinates: 46°57′09″N 4°38′02″E / 46.9525°N 4.634°E / 46.9525; 4.634
Country France
Region Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Department Côte-d'Or
Arrondissement Beaune
Canton Arnay-le-Duc
Intercommunality Beaune Côte et Sud
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Pascal Monin
Area1 14.3 km2 (5.5 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 1,496
 • Density 100/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 21461 /21340
Elevation 297–542 m (974–1,778 ft)
(avg. 342 m or 1,122 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.

Nolay is a commune in the Côte-d'Or department in eastern France. The 18th-century French physician and encyclopédiste Louis-Anne La Virotte (1725–1759) was born in Nolay.


Nolay is located in the heart of the Cozanne Valley. The town marks the transition between the forests and plains to the north and west and the hillside vineyards of the wealthy Burgundian wine regions surrounding Beaune and the Chalonnaise hills to the south.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 1,587 —    
1968 1,589 +0.1%
1975 1,647 +3.7%
1982 1,582 −3.9%
1990 1,551 −2.0%
1999 1,547 −0.3%
2008 1,496 −3.3%


Nolay is a small medieval market town, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful towns on the southern edge of the Côte-d'Or with its 14th century Central Market and wooden framed houses.

Lazare Carnot's birth house is a local attraction.


The D973 runs through the town from La Rochepot and Beaune to the east and Saisy and Autun to the west.

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