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Belley Terreaux.JPG
Place des Terreaux, Belley
Coat of arms of Belley
Coat of arms
Belley is located in France
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Ain
Arrondissement Belley
Canton Belley
Intercommunality Communauté de communes Bugey Sud
Mayor Pierre Berthet
(2015 - 2020)
Elevation 220–392 m (722–1,286 ft)
(avg. 306 m/1,004 ft)
Land area1 22.42 km2 (8.66 sq mi)
Population2 8,909  (2013)
 - Density 397 /km2 (1,030 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 01034/ 01300
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.

Coordinates: 45°46′00″N 5°41′00″E / 45.7667°N 5.6833°E / 45.7667; 5.6833

Belley is a commune in the Ain department. It is found in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in  the east of France  and is the capital of the arrondissement of Belley.

History[change | change source]

It was the capital of Bugey (Pagus Bellicensis),a historical region in Ain  between Lyon and Geneva.

Geography[change | change source]

Belley has an area of 22.42 km2 (9 sq mi) and its average altitude is 306 m (1,004 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 209 m (686 ft).[1].

Belley and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune de Belley

Climate[change | change source]

The climate of Belley, in the Köppen climate classification, is Cfb - Oceanic climate with template summers.[2]

Population[change | change source]

The inhabitants of Belley are known, in French, as Belleysans (women: Belleysannes).[3]

Belley has a population, in 2013, of 8,909,[4] and its population density is of 397.4 inhabitants/km2.

Economy[change | change source]

The local economy is mostly based around commerce. Cheese production is also important. The commune produces a cheese called the Tomme de Belley.

Sites of interest[change | change source]

The inside of the Belley Cathedral

The most important monuments in the commune are the Saint-Jean-Baptiste cathedral and the Palais Episcopal de Belley, both listed as monuments historiques.

People from Albi[change | change source]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Belley". Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  2. "La ville de Belley" (in French  ). Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  3. "Habitants du départment Ain" (in French). Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  4. "Populations légales 2013: 01-Ain " (in French). Populations légales 2013 des départements et des collectivités d'outre-mer. Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 14 May 2016.