Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire

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Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire
The church square in Barbezieux
The church square in Barbezieux
Coat of arms of Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire
Coat of arms
Location of Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire
Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire is located in France
Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire
Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire
Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire
Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire
Coordinates: 45°28′25″N 0°09′15″W / 45.4736°N 0.1542°W / 45.4736; -0.1542Coordinates: 45°28′25″N 0°09′15″W / 45.4736°N 0.1542°W / 45.4736; -0.1542
CountryFrance
RegionNouvelle-Aquitaine
DepartmentCharente
ArrondissementCognac
CantonCharente-Sud
Intercommunality3B - Sud-Charente
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) René Vignerie
Area
1
26.55 km2 (10.25 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
4,903
 • Density180/km2 (480/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
16028 /16300
Elevation32–131 m (105–430 ft)
(avg. 79 m or 259 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire is a commune in the Charente department in southwestern France.

The commune of Barbezieux, with the neighbouring village of St Hilaire, forms the most important town in Southern Charente.

Barbezieux is a fortified hill town on the historic route south west from Paris – Poitiers to Bordeaux – Spain, now served by the N 10, which bypasses Barbezieux; the town rises from narrow streets of unspoilt, typically Charentaise buildings to the medieval chateau, which dominates the western approach. Barbezieux-Saint-Hilarie is the birthplace of world-record breaker pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie and his brother, fellow vaulter Valentin Lavillenie.

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
17932,740—    
18001,984−27.6%
18062,452+23.6%
18213,061+24.8%
18312,756−10.0%
18413,335+21.0%
18463,514+5.4%
18513,574+1.7%
18563,700+3.5%
18613,878+4.8%
18663,881+0.1%
18723,910+0.7%
18764,007+2.5%
18814,102+2.4%
18864,090−0.3%
18914,104+0.3%
18964,229+3.0%
19014,080−3.5%
19064,204+3.0%
19114,312+2.6%
19214,106−4.8%
19264,231+3.0%
19314,079−3.6%
19364,243+4.0%
19464,243+0.0%
19544,229−0.3%
19624,546+7.5%
19684,851+6.7%
19755,198+7.2%
19825,103−1.8%
19904,774−6.4%
19994,819+0.9%
20084,687−2.7%

Wine[edit]

Barbezieux also forms part of the Petite Champagne area of cognac wine growing, second only to the finest Grande Champagne and is in the heart of the vineyards producing cognac and the local drink Pineau de Charente.

Services[edit]

The access to the N10 means that Barbezieux has developed as a modern lively town of over 5000 inhabitants, whilst retaining all the character of the old town, with interesting shops; twice weekly markets; foires and other public entertainments; lido; cinema; sporting and equestrian facilities, also a high school, a hospital, and other important services for the whole area.

Tourism[edit]

Barbezieux is a centre for touring the South Charente and also a short drive from the coast. For tourists and cyclists following the Chemin de St Jacques to Compostella, the Voie Verte, or Green Way, is the former railway line, running approx 40km. South from Barbezieux towards Bordeaux. There is accommodation for those wishing to visit the town including a Chambres D'Hôtes in the restored 18th century Maison de Maitre, hosting a fine collection of Modern Art, to be found in Rue de L'Alma in the heart of the old town.

St Mathias Church[edit]

View of St Mathias, Barbezieux

The main church of Barbezieux, St Mathias, was built in the twelfth century and is one of the largest in the Diocese of Angoulême. Entering the church, there is the statue of St Mathias. At one time, the Apostle's head is said to have been kept in the church; the church has been altered over the centuries and had major restoration in the 1970s. It is a fine example of a Romanesque church, well used by the community.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.