The roofs of Riom
|• Mayor (2014–2020)||Pierre Pécoul|
|Area1||31.97 km2 (12.34 sq mi)|
|• Density||590/km2 (1,500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||63300 /63200|
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.
Until the French Revolution, Riom was the capital of the province of Auvergne, and the seat of the dukes of Auvergne. The city was of Gaulish origin, the Roman Ricomagus. In the intensely feudalized Auvergne of the 10th century, the town grew up around the collegiate Church of Saint Amabilis (Saint Amable), the local saint, who was the object of pilgrimages. Riom was the capital of the dukes of Auvergne. In the 14th century the city benefitted from the patronage of Jean, duc de Berry, who rebuilt the Ducal Palace and the Saint-Chapelle. In 1531, Riom and Auvergne reverted to the Crown of France.
In 1985 Riom received the French classification of Ville d'Art et d'Histoire recognizing its sixteen classified historical monuments as well as another 57 on the supplementary listings. Several 17th- and 18th-century private houses (hôtels particuliers) are open to the public with collections of costumes and works of decorative art.
Riom's two major public squares are Place Jean-Baptiste Laurent and Place du pré-Madame in which stand two large fountains in homage to Desaix.
The Bibliothèque Municipale de Riom (English: Riom Library), is a public library in Riom. Since 1968 it has been located on Avenue Mgr Martrou. The library was established after the French Revolution.
The library collection began after the French Revolution and it has been housed in a number of buildings including a college and at Riom city hall. In 1905 the library was moved to a Carmelite convent building and in 1941 it was housed in a museum. The present home of the collection was opened in 1968.
It contains approximately 90,000 items (books, journals, audio cassette tapes and video). The special part of the collection consists of 15 medieval manuscripts, which came from revolutionary confiscations made in religious communities. The Ministry of Culture and Communication digitized three illuminated manuscripts. Of the illuminated works five volumes are from the 15th - 16th centuries.
Riom was the birthplace of:
- Pierre Victor, baron Malouet (1740–1814), publicist and politician
- Gilbert Romme (1750–1795), politician
- Joseph Projectus Machebeuf (1812–1889), Vicar Apostolic of Colorado and Utah; Bishop of Denver, USA
- Henri Hébrard de Villeneuve (1848–1925), Olympic fencer
- Eugene Gilbert (1889–1918), pioneer aviator, WW1 fighter pilot
- Alan Stivell (1944-), Celtic musician and singer, recording artist and master of the Celtic harp
Twin towns – Sister cities
- Chronique des bibliothèques françaises at the Bulletin des Bibliothèques de France
- Ehrard, Université Jean Monnet - Saint-Étienne, Institut Claude Longeon Renaissance, Age classique ... ; catalogues établis et présentés par John Renwick et Lucette Perol, avec la collab. de Jean (1999). Deux bibliothèques oratoriennes à la fin du XVIIIe siècle : Riom et Effiat. Saint Etienne: Publ. de l'Univ. de Saint Etienne. ISBN 2862721719.
- "National Commission for Decentralised cooperation". Délégation pour l’Action Extérieure des Collectivités Territoriales (Ministère des Affaires étrangères) (in French). Retrieved 2013-12-26.
- (encompassing Shoreham-by-Sea, Lancing, Sompting, and Southwick)
- "British towns twinned with French towns". Archant Community Media Ltd. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
- "Internetowy Serwis Miejski". zywiec.pl. 2008-06-20. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Riom.|
- Riom - Official site for the city of Riom (in French).
- Riom Tourism - Official site from the Auvergne Office de Tourisme.
- Joan of Arc's letter to Riom - Translation by Allen Williamson of a letter dictated by Joan of Arc to the people of Riom on November 9, 1429.
- The Musée de Veygoux is a museum in the Manoir de Veygoux dedicated to the French Revolution and Desaix.
- The Riom trials of 1942, from a Marxist perspective