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Saint-Cirq-Lapopie overlooking the Lot River
Saint-Cirq-Lapopie overlooking the Lot River
Coat of arms of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie
Location of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie
Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is located in France
Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is located in Occitanie
Coordinates: 44°27′55″N 1°40′14″E / 44.4653°N 1.6706°E / 44.4653; 1.6706Coordinates: 44°27′55″N 1°40′14″E / 44.4653°N 1.6706°E / 44.4653; 1.6706
CantonCausse et Vallées
IntercommunalityCA Grand Cahors
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Gérard Miquel[1]
17.89 km2 (6.91 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2019)[2]
 • Density11/km2 (29/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
46256 /46330
Elevation120–389 m (394–1,276 ft)
(avg. 320 m or 1,050 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
View of the town center

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie (French pronunciation: ​[sɛ̃ siʁk lapɔpi]; Occitan: Sent Circ de la Pòpia) is a commune in the Lot department in south-western France.[3] It is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (The most beautiful villages in France) association.

Its position on a steep cliff 100m above the river, originally selected for defence, has helped make the town one of the most popular tourist destinations in the department, and the entire town is almost a museum. After being 'discovered' by the Post-Impressionist Henri Martin it became popular with other artists and the home of the writer André Breton.


Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is 30 km east of Cahors, in the regional natural park Parc naturel régional des Causses du Quercy [de; fr]. The village overlooks the Lot River.


The stronghold of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie was the main seat of one of the four viscounties that made up Quercy, divided among four feudal dynasties, the Lapopie, Gourdon, Cardaillac and Castelnau families.

Way of St James[edit]

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is on the French pilgrimage route, Way of St. James. Coming from Cabrerets pilgrims would pass through and then continue to Cahors, visiting St Stephen's cathedral.[4]

Notable people[edit]

  • Charles Rappoport (1865–1941) – Lithuanian-born militant communist politician, journalist and writer
  • Poet André Breton spent time there in the 1950s in his 'auberge des Mariniers'.
  • Artist Pierre Daura lived there for many years.


The Guardian reported in July 2012 that the village received 400,000 visitors each year, mostly from within France, and that it had become "besieged by tourists" since winning a popularity vote on a French television programme in June 2012.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires"., Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.
  3. ^ INSEE commune file
  4. ^ fr:Saint-Cirq-Lapopie#Le pèlerinage de Compostelle
  5. ^ Willsher, Kim (28 July 2012). "France's favourite village doesn't want to be a tourist supermarket". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 June 2014.

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