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A sign showing the name of the inventor of photography
A sign showing the name of the inventor of photography
Saint-Loup-de-Varennes is located in France
Location within Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region
Saint-Loup-de-Varennes is located in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Coordinates: 46°43′43″N 4°51′41″E / 46.7286°N 4.8614°E / 46.7286; 4.8614Coordinates: 46°43′43″N 4°51′41″E / 46.7286°N 4.8614°E / 46.7286; 4.8614
Country France
Region Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Department Saône-et-Loire
Arrondissement Chalon-sur-Saône
Canton Saint-Rémy
Intercommunality Le grand Chalon
 • Mayor Francis Debras
Area1 8.32 km2 (3.21 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 1,146
 • Density 140/km2 (360/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 71444 /71240
Elevation 171–205 m (561–673 ft)
(avg. 191 m or 627 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.

Saint-Loup-de-Varennes is a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in the region of Bourgogne in eastern France.


It is 6 km (3.7 mi) south of the centre of Chalon-sur-Saône.

Historical Significance[edit]

View from the Window at Le Gras, one of Nicéphore Niépce's earliest surviving photographs

Nicéphore Niépce, the inventor of photography, lived in Saint-Loup-de-Varennes, where he died in 1833. Most or all of his photographs, including one taken in 1827 and now the oldest known surviving camera photograph, were made at Le Gras, his ancestral family estate in this village.

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