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Villeneuve-sur-Lot

commune in Lot-et-Garonne, France

Villeneuve-sur-Lot (Gascon: Vilanuèva d'Olt) is a town and commune in southwestern France, in the region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine. It is a subprefecture of the Lot-et-Garonne department. The commune was formerly named Villeneuve-d'Agen.

Villeneuve-sur-Lot
Bridge over the Lot river
Bridge over the Lot river
Coat of arms of Villeneuve-sur-Lot
Coat of arms
Villeneuve-sur-Lot is located in France
Villeneuve-sur-Lot
Villeneuve-sur-Lot
Location within Nouvelle-Aquitaine region
Villeneuve-sur-Lot is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Villeneuve-sur-Lot
Villeneuve-sur-Lot
Coordinates: 44°24′29″N 0°42′18″E / 44.4081°N 0.705°E / 44.4081; 0.705Coordinates: 44°24′29″N 0°42′18″E / 44.4081°N 0.705°E / 44.4081; 0.705
CountryFrance
RegionNouvelle-Aquitaine
DepartmentLot-et-Garonne
ArrondissementVilleneuve-sur-Lot
CantonVilleneuve-sur-Lot-1
Villeneuve-sur-Lot-2
IntercommunalityGrand Villeneuvois
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Patrick Cassany[1]
Area
1
81.32 km2 (31.40 sq mi)
Population
 (2014)2
23,263
 • Density290/km2 (740/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Villeneuvois
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
47323 /47300
Elevation42–209 m (138–686 ft)
(avg. 126 m or 413 ft)
Websitewww.ville-villeneuve-sur-lot.fr
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.

It is also the capital of the arrondissement of Villeneuve-sur-Lot and of 2 cantons in the department: Villeneuve-sur-Lot-1 and Villeneuve-sur-Lot-2.

HistoryEdit

The region where the city is was first populated by the Romans. In the 11th century, a Benedictine abbey was constructed near where is the city now. There was a small village of potters and farmers around the abbey. Between 1254 and 1263, Alphonse of Poitiers had a bastide built. He also gave the bastide city rights. The bastide has a rectangular look, with a central square.

Because of its privileged geographical situation on the river lot, the city played an important role in wars of the region:

GeographyEdit

The commune has an area of 81.3 km2 (31.4 sq mi).[2] Its average altitude is 126 m (413 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 56 m (184 ft).[3]

Villeneuve-sur-Lot and its neighboring communes
 

Villeneuve-sur-Lot is surrounded by the communes Lédat, Castelnaud-de-Gratecambe, La Sauvetat-sur-Lède, Monflanquin, Savignac-sur-Leyze, Saint-Aubin, Trentels, Saint-Sylvestre-sur-Lot, Penne-d'Agenais, Hautefage-la-Tour, Pujols and Bias.

The Lot river flows through the city of Villeneuve-sur-Lot. The Lède river, a tributary of the Lot, flows through the northern part of the commune.

ClimateEdit

The climate of Villeneuve-sur-Lot is an oceanic climate (Köppen climate classification Cfb), with mild winters and warm summers.[4]

PopulationEdit

The inhabitants of Villeneuve-sur-Lot are known, in French, as Villeneuvois (women: Villeneuvoises).[5]

With a population of 23,263,[6] Villeneuve-sur-Lot has a population density of 286 inhabitants/km2.

Evolution of the population in Villeneuve-sur-Lot

 

AdministrationEdit

Villeneuve-sur-Lot is a subprefecture of the Lot-et-Garonne department since 1800. It is also the capital of the arrondissement of Villeneuve-sur-Lot and the administrative centre (French: chef-lieu) of 2 cantons:[7]

  1. Villeneuve-sur-Lot-1, formed with a part of Villeneuve-sur-Lot-Nord and the commune Lédat, with 16,376 inhabitants (2014).
  2. Villeneuve-sur-Lot-2, formed with a part of Villeneuve-sur-Lot-Sud and the communes Bias, Hautefage-la-Tour, Pujols, Saint-Antoine-de-Ficalba and Sainte-Colombe-de-Villeneuve, with 17,055 inhabitants (2014).

It is part of the intercommunality Grand Villeneuvois (French: Communauté d'agglomération du Grand Villeneuvois).

Twin townsEdit

Villeneuve-sur-Lot is twinned with:

GalleryEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. "L'équipe municipale" (in French). Mairie de Villeneuve-sur-Lot. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  2. "Commune de Villeneuve-sur-Lot (47323)". Comparateur de territoire (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  3. "City of Villeneuve-sur-Lot". Map-France.com. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  4. "Ville de Villeneuve-sur-Lot". Annuaire-Mairie.fr (in French). Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  5. "Villeneuve-sur-Lot (47300)" (in French). habitants.fr. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  6. "Régions, départements, arrondissements, cantons et communes" (PDF). Populations légales 2014 (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  7. "Commune de Villeneuve-sur-Lot (47323)". Géographie administrative et d’étude (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 27 April 2017.

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