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Figeac

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View of the old city of Figeac
Coat of arms of Figeac
Coat of arms
Administration
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Lot
Arrondissement Figeac
Canton capital of 2 Cantons
Intercommunality Pays de Figeac-Cajarc
Mayor André Mellinger
(2014-2020)
Statistics
Elevation 170–451 m (558–1,480 ft)
(avg. 311 m or 1,020 ft*)
Land area1 35.16 km2 (13.58 sq mi)
Population2 9,826  (2013)
 - Density 279/km2 (720/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 46102/ 46100
Website www.mairie-cahors.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.

Coordinates: 44°36′31″N 2°01′54″E / 44.6086°N 2.0317°E / 44.6086; 2.0317

Figeac (Occitan: Fijac) is a commune in southern France in the region of Occitanie. It is the sous-prefecture (capital) of the arrondissement of the same name in the Lot department.

It is also the capital of 2 cantons: Figeac-1 and Figeac-2.

History

In the late ninth century, the King Pepin I of Aquitaine founded a monastery in Figeac; the town developed around the monastery as an important city on the pilgrimage routes. In the 14th century, the walls of Figeac were built.

Figeac is on the via Podiensis, a major medieval pilgrimage trail which is part of the Way of St. James.

Geography

Figeac is on the southwestern edge of the central plateau (Massif Central), north of the valley of the Lot river, on the right bank of the Célé river, a left tributary of the Lot.

The commune has an area of 35.16 km2 (13.58 sq mi) and its average altitude is 311 m (1,020 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 200 m (660 ft).

Figeac and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Figeac

Figeac is surrounded by the communes:

  • Gers department: Camburat, Planioles, Viazac, Lunan, Capdenac, Faycelles, Béduer,Camboulit,Lissac-et-Mouret.

Climate

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

Population

With a population of 9,826, Figeac has a population density of 279 inhabitants/km2.

The inhabitants of Figeac are known, in French, as Figeacois (women: Figeacoises).

People from or related to Figeac

  • Jean-François Champollion, the first translator of Egyptian hieroglyphs, was born in Figeac, where there is a Champollion Museum. On the "Place des écritures" ("Square of the Writings"), there is a giant copy of the Rosetta Stone, by Joseph Kosuth.
  • The actor Charles Boyer was also born in Figeac.

Sister cities

Figeac is twinned with:

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