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Villeneuve-sur-Lot
Bridge over the Lot river
Bridge over the Lot river
Coat of arms of Villeneuve-sur-Lot
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Lot-et-Garonne
Arrondissement Villeneuve-sur-Lot
Canton Villeneuve-sur-Lot-1
Villeneuve-sur-Lot-2
Intercommunality Grand Villeneuvois
Area
1
81.32 km2 (31.40 sq mi)
Population
 (2014)
23,263
 • Density 286.067/km2 (740.91/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Villeneuvois
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
47323 /47300
Elevation 42–209 m (138–686 ft)
(avg. 126 m or 413 ft)
Website www.ville-villeneuve-sur-lot.fr
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Villeneuve-sur-Lot (Gascon: Vilanuèva d'Olt) is a town and commune in southwestern France, in the region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine. It is a subprefecture of the Lot-et-Garonne department. The commune was formerly named Villeneuve-d'Agen.

It is also the capital of the arrondissement of Villeneuve-sur-Lot and of 2 cantons in the department: Villeneuve-sur-Lot-1 and Villeneuve-sur-Lot-2.

History

The region where the city is was first populated by the Romans. In the 11th century, a Benedictine abbey was constructed near where is the city now. There was a small village of potters and farmers around the abbey. Between 1254 and 1263, Alphonse of Poitiers had a bastide built. He also gave the bastide city rights. The bastide has a rectangular look, with a central square.

Because of its privileged geographical situation on the river lot, the city played an important role in wars of the region:

Geography

The commune has an area of 81.3 km2 (31.4 sq mi). Its average altitude is 126 m (413 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 56 m (184 ft).

Villeneuve-sur-Lot and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Villeneuve-sur-Lot

Villeneuve-sur-Lot is surrounded by the communes Lédat, Castelnaud-de-Gratecambe, La Sauvetat-sur-Lède, Monflanquin, Savignac-sur-Leyze, Saint-Aubin, Trentels, Saint-Sylvestre-sur-Lot, Penne-d'Agenais, Hautefage-la-Tour, Pujols and Bias.

The Lot river flows through the city of Villeneuve-sur-Lot. The Lède river, a tributary of the Lot, flows through the northern part of the commune.

Climate

The climate of Villeneuve-sur-Lot is an oceanic climate (Köppen climate classification Cfb), with mild winters and warm summers.

Population

The inhabitants of Villeneuve-sur-Lot are known, in French, as Villeneuvois (women: Villeneuvoises).

With a population of 23,263, Villeneuve-sur-Lot has a population density of 286 inhabitants/km2.

Evolution of the population in Villeneuve-sur-Lot

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Administration

Villeneuve-sur-Lot is a subprefecture of the Lot-et-Garonne department since 1800. It is also the capital of the arrondissement of Villeneuve-sur-Lot and the administrative centre (French: chef-lieu) of 2 cantons:

  1. Villeneuve-sur-Lot-1, formed with a part of Villeneuve-sur-Lot-Nord and the commune Lédat, with 16,376 inhabitants (2014).
  2. Villeneuve-sur-Lot-2, formed with a part of Villeneuve-sur-Lot-Sud and the communes Bias, Hautefage-la-Tour, Pujols, Saint-Antoine-de-Ficalba and Sainte-Colombe-de-Villeneuve, with 17,055 inhabitants (2014).

It is part of the intercommunality Grand Villeneuvois (French: Communauté d'agglomération du Grand Villeneuvois).

Twin towns

Villeneuve-sur-Lot is twinned with:

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