Villeneuve-lès-Avignon

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Villeneuve-lès-Avignon
Commune
Fort Saint-André on Mont Andaon
Fort Saint-André on Mont Andaon
Coat of arms of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon
Coat of arms
Villeneuve-lès-Avignon is located in France
Villeneuve-lès-Avignon
Villeneuve-lès-Avignon
Location within Occitanie region
Villeneuve-lès-Avignon is located in Occitanie
Villeneuve-lès-Avignon
Villeneuve-lès-Avignon
Coordinates: 43°58′02″N 4°47′48″E / 43.9672°N 4.7967°E / 43.9672; 4.7967Coordinates: 43°58′02″N 4°47′48″E / 43.9672°N 4.7967°E / 43.9672; 4.7967
CountryFrance
RegionOccitanie
DepartmentGard
ArrondissementNîmes
CantonVilleneuve-lès-Avignon
IntercommunalityCA Grand Avignon
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Marc Roubaud
Area118.27 km2 (7.05 sq mi)
Population (2012)212,232
 • Density670/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code30351 /30400
Elevation10–181 m (33–594 ft)
(avg. 25 m or 82 ft)
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.

Villeneuve-lès-Avignon (French pronunciation: ​[vil'nœv lez‿avi'ɲɔ̃]; Provençal: Vilanòva d’Avinhon) is a commune in the Gard department in southern France. It can also be spelled Villeneuve-lez-Avignon.

History[edit]

In the 6th century the Benedictine abbey of St André was founded on Mount Andaon, and the village which grew up round it took its name.[1] The city itself was founded by Philippe le Bel and boasts a castle he built, Fort Saint-André.

The town was also the resort of the French cardinals during the sojourn of the popes at Avignon, in the 14th century.[1]

Geography[edit]

It is located by the Rhône River, opposite Avignon.

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
17933,300—    
18003,297−0.1%
18063,279−0.5%
18213,232−1.4%
18313,564+10.3%
18363,633+1.9%
18413,671+1.0%
18463,723+1.4%
18513,733+0.3%
18563,252−12.9%
18613,162−2.8%
18663,067−3.0%
18722,730−11.0%
18762,910+6.6%
18812,630−9.6%
18862,644+0.5%
18912,622−0.8%
18962,735+4.3%
19012,922+6.8%
19062,890−1.1%
19112,709−6.3%
19212,561−5.5%
19263,035+18.5%
19313,635+19.8%
19363,740+2.9%
19464,399+17.6%
19545,157+17.2%
19626,422+24.5%
19686,977+8.6%
19758,540+22.4%
19829,282+8.7%
199010,730+15.6%
199911,791+9.9%
200812,756+8.2%
201212,232−4.1%

Sights[edit]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Villeneuve-lès-Avignon is twinned with:

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Public Domain One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Villeneuve-lès-Avignon". Encyclopædia Britannica. 28 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 85.

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