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Tournon-sur-Rhône

Coordinates: 45°04′05″N 4°50′00″E / 45.0681°N 4.8333°E / 45.0681; 4.8333
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Tournon-sur-Rhône
A view across the river in Tournon-sur-Rhône
A view across the river in Tournon-sur-Rhône
Coat of arms of Tournon-sur-Rhône
Location of Tournon-sur-Rhône
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Tournon-sur-Rhône is located in France
Tournon-sur-Rhône
Tournon-sur-Rhône
Tournon-sur-Rhône is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Tournon-sur-Rhône
Tournon-sur-Rhône
Coordinates: 45°04′05″N 4°50′00″E / 45.0681°N 4.8333°E / 45.0681; 4.8333
CountryFrance
RegionAuvergne-Rhône-Alpes
DepartmentArdèche
ArrondissementTournon-sur-Rhône
CantonTournon-sur-Rhône
IntercommunalityCA Arche Agglo
Government
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Frédéric Sausset[1]
Area
1
21.01 km2 (8.11 sq mi)
Population
 (2021)[2]
11,191
 • Density530/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
07324 /07300
Elevation115–508 m (377–1,667 ft)
(avg. 123 m or 404 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Tournon-sur-Rhône (French: [tuʁnɔ̃ syʁ ʁon]; Occitan: Tornon) is a commune in the Ardèche department of southern France. It is one of the most populous communes in the Ardèche department, after Annonay, Aubenas, and Guilherand-Granges.

Geography[edit]

It is located on the right bank of the river Rhône, in the Ardèche departement,[3] opposite Tain-l'Hermitage, (which is located in the Drôme département).

History[edit]

Tournon had its own counts as early as the 9th century reign of Louis I. In the middle of the 17th century the title passed from them to the dukes of Ventadour.[3]

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1793 3,300—    
1800 3,419+0.51%
1806 3,984+2.58%
1821 3,555−0.76%
1831 3,971+1.11%
1836 4,174+1.00%
1841 4,740+2.58%
1846 4,807+0.28%
1851 4,861+0.22%
1856 4,918+0.23%
1861 5,252+1.32%
1866 5,509+0.96%
1872 5,390−0.36%
1876 6,083+3.07%
1881 5,092−3.49%
1886 5,286+0.75%
1891 5,146−0.54%
1896 5,344+0.76%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1901 5,174−0.64%
1906 5,003−0.67%
1911 4,719−1.16%
1921 5,037+0.65%
1926 5,043+0.02%
1931 5,332+1.12%
1936 5,658+1.19%
1946 5,798+0.24%
1954 6,785+1.98%
1962 6,878+0.17%
1968 7,858+2.24%
1975 8,732+1.52%
1982 9,099+0.59%
1990 9,546+0.60%
1999 9,946+0.46%
2009 10,674+0.71%
2014 10,558−0.22%
2020 10,835+0.43%
Source: EHESS[4] and INSEE (1968-2020)[5]

Notable sights[edit]

  • The church of St Julian dates chiefly from the 14th century.
  • The lycée occupies an old college founded in the 16th century by Cardinal François de Tournon, and is today still a functioning high school Lycée Gabriel-Faure [fr] but is occasionally open for tours.[6]
  • One of the two suspension bridges which unite the town with Tain-l'Hermitage on the left bank of the river is the Passerelle Marc-Seguin [fr]. It was built in 1825 and is the oldest suspension bridge in France, today carrying only pedestrians.
  • The Château de Tournon has a museum and commanding views over the Rhône.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

Gustave-Toursier bridge with the Tour de la Vierge in the background

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires". data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2021" (in French). The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 28 December 2023.
  3. ^ a b  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Tournon". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 27 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 107.
  4. ^ Des villages de Cassini aux communes d'aujourd'hui: Commune data sheet Tournon-sur-Rhône, EHESS (in French).
  5. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE
  6. ^ "Visites guidées". L’Association Sauvegarde du Patrimoine du lycée Gabriel Faure. Retrieved 12 March 2023.

Further reading[edit]

  • Faure, Gabriel (1936). Tournon. Paris: Maison du livre français. OCLC 468055204.