Banks of the Loiret at Olivet
|Region||Centre-Val de Loire|
|23.39 km2 (9.03 sq mi)|
|• Density||850/km2 (2,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||89–109 m (292–358 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.|
Olivet is located in the septentrional bend of the Loire, which crosses from east to west. Olivet belongs to the vallée de la Loire sector between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes-sur-Loire, which was in 2000 inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
The first traces of inhabitants belong to the Merovingian era. The water mills along the river were built by monks during the tenth century.
The first name of the village, during the eleventh century, was Saint Martin du Loiret. The name Olivet comes probably from Mount of olives.
During the nineteenth century the river sides became a resort. Most of the surface was still devoted to agriculture, specialised in flowers, vegetable and fruits.
Nowadays Olivet is a growing city of more than 20,000 inhabitants.
Places of interest
The peaceful river Loiret, surroundered by trees and home of numerous swans, offers pleasant public walks. They show glimpses of water mills, old castles, guinguettes and boat garages.
On the north side of the main bridge, the Horloge fleurie is a giant clock on a flowery slope.
The Eglise Saint Martin is a historical monument whose building began in the thirteenth century.
- Olivet, a cheese often covered with ashes, hay or plane leaves
- poire d'Olivet, a pear liquor with a whole pear inside the bottle
- Gentien Hervet (1499–1584), writer and translator
- Gaston d'Illiers (1876–1932), sculptor
- Louis d'Illiers (1880–1953), writer
Lorsque finissait le siècle, roman de Louis d'Illiers, présenté par Julie Bertrand-Sabiani, Orléans Corsaire éditions 2010.
- Jules-Marie Simon (1871–1970), writer
- Isidore Bernhart (1898–1976), pataphysician
- Pierre Michon (1945- ), writer
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- (French) Official city website