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Subprefecture and commune
The town hall in Montmorillon
The town hall in Montmorillon
Coat of arms of Montmorillon
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Vienne
Arrondissement Montmorillon
Canton Montmorillon
Intercommunality Montmorillonnais
Area1 57.00 km2 (22.01 sq mi)
Population (2014) 6,155
 • Density 107.982/km2 (279.67/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Montmorillonnais
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
INSEE/Postal code 86165 /86500
Elevation 82–168 m (269–551 ft)
(avg. 125 m or 410 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Montmorillon is a commune in the Vienne department, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, in central-western France. The clay mineral montmorillonite (a silicate) was named after Montmorillon when it was discovered there in 1847.

It is one of the two subprefectures of the Vienne department and the capital of the canton of Montmorillon.

Montmorillon is well known for its macarons, and has a museum dedicated to it.


Montmorillon is along the Gartempe river. The city is at 50 km (31 mi) to the southeast of Poitiers and at 90 km (56 mi) to the nortwest of Limoges.

It has an area of 57 km2 (22 sq mi) and its average altitude is 125 m (410 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 90 m (300 ft).

Montmorillon and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Montmorillon

The communes that are around Montmorillon are Saulgé, Jouhet, Sillars, Journet, Saint-Léomer, Bourg-Archambault, Lathus-Saint-Rémy and Pindray.


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


The inhabitants of Montmorillon are known, in French, as Montmorillonnais (women: Montmorillonnaises).

With a population of 6,155, Confolens has a population density of 108 inhabitants/km2.

Evolution of the population in Montmorillon


Montmorillon is a subprefecture of the Vienne department since 1800. It is also the capital of the canton of Montmorillon.

Montmorillon pano
View of Montmorillon from the left side of the Gartempe river

People from Montmorillon

  • Étienne de Vignolles, called La Hire (1390-1443), French military commander during the Hundred Years' War
  • Paul de Ladmirault (1808-1898) French general and senator,
  • Joseph Carré (1870-1941), architect
  • Régine Deforges (1935-2014), novelist
  • Simon Pagenaud (1984-), Champion Indycar Driver

Twin cities

Panneau jumelage Montmorillon
Twinning of Montmorrillon

Montmorillon is a twin town of:

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