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A general view of Villerest
A general view of Villerest
Coat of arms of Villerest
Coat of arms
Villerest is located in France
Coordinates: 45°59′39″N 4°02′14″E / 45.9942°N 4.0372°E / 45.9942; 4.0372Coordinates: 45°59′39″N 4°02′14″E / 45.9942°N 4.0372°E / 45.9942; 4.0372
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Loire
Arrondissement Roanne
Canton Roanne-2
Intercommunality Communauté d'agglomération Grand Roanne Agglomération
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Paul Court
Area1 14.82 km2 (5.72 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 4,392
 • Density 300/km2 (770/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 42332 /42300
Elevation 261–426 m (856–1,398 ft)
(avg. 360 m or 1,180 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.

Villerest is a commune in the Loire department in central France. It is a Medieval-era commune located just South of the city of Roanne. The village is bordered by the Loire and contains Le Barrage de Villerest, a hydroelectric dam that also prevents flooding along the Loire. This dam also creates a man made lake, the Lac de Villerest. The village itself contains many buildings from the Middle Ages.[1] These include numerous houses, and the Eglise de Saint-Priest. Maybe most famous from this time period would be the ramparts that are still mostly intact today.

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Twin towns - sister cities[edit]

Villerest is twinned with:


  1. ^ Technologies, e-Obs. "Villerest - Station Verte". 
  2. ^ "Piatra Neamţ - Twin Towns". © 2007-2008 Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  3. ^ "Geograph:: Twinning plaque in Storrington village... (C) Basher Eyre". 

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Media related to Villerest at Wikimedia Commons