Usson, Puy-de-Dôme

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Usson
The village on its volcanic mound
The village on its volcanic mound
Coat of arms of Usson
Coat of arms
Location of Usson
Usson is located in France
Usson
Usson
Usson is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Usson
Usson
Coordinates: 45°31′42″N 3°20′24″E / 45.5283°N 3.34°E / 45.5283; 3.34Coordinates: 45°31′42″N 3°20′24″E / 45.5283°N 3.34°E / 45.5283; 3.34
CountryFrance
RegionAuvergne-Rhône-Alpes
DepartmentPuy-de-Dôme
ArrondissementIssoire
CantonBrassac-les-Mines
IntercommunalityCommunauté de communes des Coteaux de l'Allier
Government
 • Mayor ([depuis mars 2008]) Daniel GIRAUD
Area
1
5.43 km2 (2.10 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
280
 • Density52/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
63439 /63490
Elevation394–633 m (1,293–2,077 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Usson is a commune in the Puy-de-Dôme department in Auvergne in central France.

History[edit]

Usson's castle, demolished under the order of the cardinal of Richelieu, was before, from 1585 to 1605 the residence of Marguerite de Valois (1553-1615), called The Queen Margot, first spouse (1572-1599) of the French king Henri IV. According to Revel's drawing made in 15th century, the fortress must have been big (triple surrounding, 20 towers) as well as feared. We clearly understand the Richelieu might have seen a threat for its central authority. The castle's moto, was: Garde le traître et la dent (Beware the traitor and the tooth). In other words, such impregnable fortress only had one threat to deal with : traitors or starvation.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.