|• Mayor (2014-2020)||Christian Teyssèdre|
|11.18 km2 (4.32 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,200/km2 (5,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||501–643 m (1,644–2,110 ft) |
(avg. 572 m or 1,877 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
Existing from at least the 5th century BC, Rodez was founded by Celtic people, the Ruteni. Here they built an oppidum (fortified place) which, after the Roman occupation, was named Segodunum ("Fortified place", "high hill"). The town later was given the name of Civitas Rutenorum ("City of the Ruteni") and then only Ruteni and, finally, Rodez.
After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the city was taken by the Visigoths and then by the Franks; in 725, the Moors took the city and destroyed the old church. Later it was occupied by the armies of the Dukes of Aquitaine and of the Counts of Toulouse. English troops occupied Rodez during the Hundred Years War.
Evolution of the population in Rodez
Rodez forms, together with 5 other communes, the urban area of Rodez with a population of 49,716 inhabitants (2013) and an area of 123.6 km2 (47.7 sq mi). This urban area is the centre of the metropolitan area of Rodez, formed by 39 communes with a population of 85,181 inhabitants and an area of 1,066.0 km2 (411.6 sq mi).
- Rodez-1, with 11,905 inhabitants (2014).
- Rodez-2, with 12,051 inhabitants (2014).
- Rodez-Onet, with 14,105 inhabitants (2014).
Sister cities change
Rodez is twinned with:
Places of interest change
Some interesting places in Rodez are:
- The Rodez Cathedral (French: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rodez) is a Roman Catholic cathedral; is the main religious building of the department.
- The Episcopal Palace (French: Palais épiscopal de Rodez), built in the 15th century.
- The Saint-Amans Church, built in the 12th century and then completely rebuilt from 1758 to 1761 with materials from the original building.
- The Hôtel de la préfecture, built in the first half of the 18th century. It is now home to the prefecture of the Aveyron department.
Aveyron prefecture building.
Rodez cathedral by night.
Rodez, general view.
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