Viviers, Ardèche

Coordinates: 44°29′01″N 4°41′23″E / 44.4836°N 4.6897°E / 44.4836; 4.6897
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Viviers - Le village et la cathédrale.JPG
Coat of arms of Viviers
Location of Viviers
Viviers is located in France
Viviers is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Coordinates: 44°29′01″N 4°41′23″E / 44.4836°N 4.6897°E / 44.4836; 4.6897
IntercommunalityRhône aux Gorges de l'Ardèche
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Martine Mattei[1]
34.15 km2 (13.19 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2020)[2]
 • Density110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
07346 /07220
Elevation55–400 m (180–1,312 ft)
(avg. 71 m or 233 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Viviers (French pronunciation: ​[vivje], also Viviers-sur-Rhône; Occitan: Vivièrs) is a village in the department of Ardèche in southern France. It is famed for its medieval catherdral and views over the Rhone river

The administrative and religious capital of Vivarais, the town of Viviers, on the right bank of the Rhône, in southern Ardèche, retains an important heritage from its rich past, including many listed monuments. These include the Town Hall, in the former bishops' palace; the 18th-century Hôtel de Roqueplane, now the seat of the diocese; the Cathedral of St Vincent, Romanesque, flamboyant Gothic and 18th-century in style, with its choir decorated by Gobelins tapestries and its marble high altar; the 16th-century Knights' House (Maison des Chevaliers) with its Renaissance façade, decorated with medallioned busts; and the Grande Rue with the elegant mansions of Beaulieu and Tourville, both dating from the 18th century.


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1968 3,389—    
1975 3,194−0.84%
1982 3,282+0.39%
1990 3,407+0.47%
1999 3,413+0.02%
2007 3,869+1.58%
2012 3,908+0.20%
2017 3,730−0.93%
Source: INSEE[3]


Viviers became the capital of the Gaulish Helvii tribe following the decline of nearby Alba-la-Romaine.

In late Roman times, it also became a bishopric and the capital of the pays Vivarais. Today, it is still the see of the bishop of Ardèche.

In the 6th century, Venant de Viviers served as the Bishop of Viviers.[4]

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  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires" (in French)., Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises. 13 September 2022.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2020". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2022.
  3. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE
  4. ^ Charles Beaunier, Recueil Historique, Chronologique, Et Topographique, Des Archevechez, Evêchez, Abbayes Et Prieurez De France, Tant D'Hommes, Que De Filles, De Nomination Et Collation Royale, Mesnier, 1726, p. 1006 [1]