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Mauriac
Notre-Dame-des-Miracles basilica
Notre-Dame-des-Miracles basilica
Coat of arms of Mauriac
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Cantal
Arrondissement Mauriac
Canton Mauriac
Intercommunality Pays de Mauriac
Area
1
27.61 km2 (10.66 sq mi)
Population
 (2014)
3,682
 • Density 133.36/km2 (345.39/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Mauriacois
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
15120 /15200
Elevation 351–760 m (1,152–2,493 ft)
(avg. 722 m or 2,369 ft)
Website www.mauriac.fr
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Mauriac is a commune in south central France in the region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. It is a subprefecture of the Cantal department. It is also the capital of the arrondissement of the same name.

History

Mauriac is one of the oldest town in the Cantal department founded about 2,000 years ago.

The town grew around the Saint-Pierre de Mauriac monastery and the Notre-Dame-des-Miracles Basilica.

Geography

Mauriac is in the northwest of Cantal, close to the border with the Corrèze department, near the Dordogne river. It is along the Auze river, a left tributary of the Dordogne.

Mauriac is in hilly terrain, with the main populated area at an altitude of about 350–450 m (1,150–1,480 ft), while the surrounding areas rise to about 760 m (2,490 ft) in the volcanic foothills. The commune has an area of 27.61 km2 (10.66 sq mi).

The commune of Mauriac is surrounded by the communes Le Vigean, Brageac, Escorailles, Ally, Salins, Jaleyrac, Chaussenac, Sourniac, Drugeac, Chalvignac, Anglards-de-Salers and Méallet.

Mauriac and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Mauriac

Climate

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

Population

The inhabitants of Mauriac are known, in French, as Mauriacois (women: Mauriacoises).

With a population of 3,682, Mauriac has a population density of 133 inhabitants/km2.

Evolution of the population in Mauriac

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Mauriac forms with Le Vigean the urban area of Mauriac, one of the seven urban areas of Cantal, with a population of 4,559 inhabitants (2013) and an area of 56.6 km2 (21.9 sq mi). This urban area is the centre of the metropolitan area of Mauriac, formed by five communes with a population of 5,277 inhabitants and an area of 93.9 km2 (36.3 sq mi).

Administration

Mauriac is a subprefecture of the Cantal department, the capital of the arrondissement of Mauriac and the administrative centre (French: chef-lieu) of the canton of Mauriac.

It is part of the intercommunality Pays de Mauriac (French: Communauté de communes du Pays de Mauriac).

Sites of interest

  • Notre-Dame-des-Miracles Basilica.
  • Saint-Pierre de Mauriac; ruins of a monastery built in the 12th century.
  • Hôtel d'Orcet, built in the 18th century; the headquarters of the subprefecture are here now.

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