Romans-sur-Isère

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Romans-sur-Isère
A view of Romans-sur-Isère and the river Isère
A view of Romans-sur-Isère and the river Isère
Coat of arms of Romans-sur-Isère
Coat of arms
Location of Romans-sur-Isère
Romans-sur-Isère is located in France
Romans-sur-Isère
Romans-sur-Isère
Romans-sur-Isère is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Romans-sur-Isère
Romans-sur-Isère
Coordinates: 45°02′47″N 5°03′06″E / 45.0464°N 5.0517°E / 45.0464; 5.0517Coordinates: 45°02′47″N 5°03′06″E / 45.0464°N 5.0517°E / 45.0464; 5.0517
CountryFrance
RegionAuvergne-Rhône-Alpes
DepartmentDrôme
ArrondissementValence
CantonRomans-sur-Isère and Bourg-de-Péage
IntercommunalityCA Valence Romans Agglo
Government
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Marie-Hélène Thoraval
Area
1
33.08 km2 (12.77 sq mi)
Population
(2012)2
33,701
 • Density1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
26281 /26100
Elevation122–291 m (400–955 ft)
(avg. 167 m or 548 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.

Romans-sur-Isère ([ʁɔ.mɑ̃.syʁ.i.zɛːʁ]; Occitan: Rumans d'Isèra;[1]Old Occitan: Romans) is a commune in the Drôme department in southeastern France.

Geography[edit]

Romans-sur-Isère is located on the Isère, 20 km (12 mi) northeast of Valence. There are more than 50,000 inhabitants in the urban area (if the neighboring town of Bourg-de-Péage is included). Romans is close to the Vercors.

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
17935,742—    
18006,473+12.7%
18066,997+8.1%
18218,837+26.3%
18319,285+5.1%
18369,972+7.4%
18419,471−5.0%
18469,958+5.1%
185110,869+9.1%
185611,219+3.2%
186111,257+0.3%
186611,524+2.4%
187212,674+10.0%
187612,923+2.0%
188113,806+6.8%
188614,733+6.7%
189116,545+12.3%
189616,702+0.9%
190117,140+2.6%
190617,622+2.8%
191117,201−2.4%
192117,054−0.9%
192617,596+3.2%
193118,957+7.7%
193619,489+2.8%
194615,972−18.0%
195422,559+41.2%
196226,377+16.9%
196831,545+19.6%
197533,030+4.7%
198233,152+0.4%
199032,734−1.3%
199932,667−0.2%
200833,440+2.4%
201233,701+0.8%

Economy[edit]

History[edit]

  • Historian Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie wrote Carnaval de Romans (1980) a microhistorical study, based on the only two surviving eyewitness accounts, of the 1580 massacre of about twenty artisans at the annual carnival in the town. He treats the massacre as a microcosm of the political, social and religious conflicts of rural society in the latter half of the 16th century in France.
  • On July 18, 2017, the town is the endpoint for Stage 16 of the Tour De France.

Sights[edit]

  • Collegiate church of St. Barnard
  • International Museum of Footwear
  • Tower of Jacquemart clock
Église Saint-Barnard

International relations[edit]

Romans-sur-Isère is twinned with:

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BOUVIER Jean-Claude (1976) Les parlers provençaux de la Drôme. Étude de géographie phonétique, coll. Bibliothèque française et romane A-33, Paris: Klincksieck, pp. 445-518

External links[edit]

  • Town council website (in French)
  • Communauté de communes du Pays de Romans website
  • New Uranium Leak Found in French Areva Factory
  • Wikisource "Romans". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). 1911.