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Belley Terreaux.JPG
Place des Terreaux, Belley
Coat of arms of Belley
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Ain
Arrondissement Belley
Canton Belley
Intercommunality Communauté de communes Bugey Sud
Mayor Pierre Berthet
(2015 - 2020)
Elevation 220–392 m (722–1,286 ft)
(avg. 306 m or 1,004 ft*)
Land area1 22.42 km2 (8.66 sq mi)
Population2 8,909  (2013)
 - Density 397/km2 (1,030/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 01034/ 01300
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.

Coordinates: 45°46′00″N 5°41′00″E / 45.7667°N 5.6833°E / 45.7667; 5.6833

Belley is a commune in the Ain department. It is found in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in  the east of France  and is the capital of the arrondissement of Belley.


It was the capital of Bugey (Pagus Bellicensis),a historical region in Ain  between Lyon and Geneva.


Belley has an area of 22.42 km2 (9 sq mi) and its average altitude is 306 m (1,004 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 209 m (686 ft)..

Belley and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune de Belley


The climate of Belley, in the Köppen climate classification, is Cfb - Oceanic climate with template summers.


The inhabitants of Belley are known, in French, as Belleysans (women: Belleysannes).

Belley has a population, in 2013, of 8,909, and its population density is of 397.4 inhabitants/km2.


The local economy is mostly based around commerce. Cheese production is also important. The commune produces a cheese called the Tomme de Belley.

Sites of interest

Cathedrale Belley Int
The inside of the Belley Cathedral

The most important monuments in the commune are the Saint-Jean-Baptiste cathedral and the Palais Episcopal de Belley, both listed as monuments historiques.

People from Albi

  • Saint-Anthelm de Belley, a saint from the 12th century
  • Charles Millon, a politician
  • Maxime Bouet, a French cyclist

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