Viviers, Ardèche

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Coat of arms of Viviers
Coat of arms
Viviers is located in France
Coordinates: 44°29′01″N 4°41′23″E / 44.4836°N 4.6897°E / 44.4836; 4.6897Coordinates: 44°29′01″N 4°41′23″E / 44.4836°N 4.6897°E / 44.4836; 4.6897
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Ardèche
Arrondissement Privas
Canton Bourg-Saint-Andéol
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Christian Lavis
Area1 34.15 km2 (13.19 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 3,867
 • Density 110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 07346 /07220
Elevation 55–400 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.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Viviers (also, Viviers-sur-Rhône) is a commune in the department of Ardèche in southern France.

It is a small walled city situated on the right bank of the Rhône.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 3,336 —    
1968 3,389 +1.6%
1975 3,194 −5.8%
1982 3,282 +2.8%
1990 3,407 +3.8%
1999 3,413 +0.2%
2006 3,867 +13.3%


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.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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]

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