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Valentré bridge
Flag of Cahors
Coat of arms of Cahors
Flag of Cahors Coat of arms
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Lot
Arrondissement Cahors
Canton Chief town of 3 cantons
Intercommunality Grand Cahors
Mayor Jean-Marc Vayssouze-Faure (PS)
Elevation 105–332 m (344–1,089 ft)
(avg. 122 m or 400 ft*)
Land area1 72.48 km2 (27.98 sq mi)
Population2 19,616  (2013)
 - Density 271/km2 (700/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 46042/ 46000
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: 44°26′54″N 1°26′29″E / 44.4483°N 1.4414°E / 44.4483; 1.4414

Cahors (Occitan: Caors) is a commune in southwestern France. Located in the region of Occitanie, it is the prefecture (capital) of the Lot department. It is also the capital of 3 cantons: Cahors-1, Cahors-2 and Cahors-3.

Cahors was the capital of the old province of Quercy and the people of this city are known, in French, as cadurciens (women: cadurciennes); this name comes from the old name of the city, Carduca.


Cahors is an ancient town. The people that inhabited the area at the time of the Roman conquest were called Carduci and so the Romans named the town as Divona or Divona Cadurcorum, "Divona of the Cadurci"; Divona was a source of water, now called "fontaine des Chartreux". The word Cahors comes from Cadurcorum.


Cahors is located in the southwest of France, in the old province of Quercy, in the valley of the Lot river, and is found in a peninsula (French: presqu'île) formed by an U-shaped meander of that river which gives its name to the department.

It has an area of 72.48 km2 (27.98 sq mi) and its average altitude is 219 m (719 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 122 m (400 ft).

With a population of 19,616; its population density is of 271 inhabitants/km2.

Cahors and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Cahors

The commune is at 115 km (71 mi) north of Toulouse and is surrounded by the communes Mercuès, Calamane, Pradines, Arcambal, Lamagdelaine, Laroque-des-Arcs, Trespoux-Rassiels, Labastide-Marnhac, Le Montat and Flaujac-Poujols.

Places of interest

Cahors cathedrale
Cahors Cathedral

Some places of interest are:

  • Pont Valentré (Valentré Bridge, Occitan: Pont de Balandras), a symbol of the town across the Lot river. It was built between 1308 and 1378.
  • Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Cahors (Cahors Cathedral), a national monument in France.
  • Arc de Diane (Diane's Arch), remains of Roman baths.
  • Saint-Barthélémy Church (14th century).
  • Maison Henri IV or Hôtel de Roaldès (15th century).


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