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View of Libourne and the Dordogne river
Coat of arms of Libourne
Coat of arms
Libourne is located in France
Country France
Region Aquitaine
Department Gironde
Arrondissement Libourne
Canton Libournais-Fronsadais
Intercommunality Libournais
Mayor Philippe Buisson
Elevation 2–28 m (6.6–91.9 ft)
(avg. 15 m/49 ft)
Land area1 20.63 km2 (7.97 sq mi)
Population2 23,736  (2012)
 - Density 1,151 /km2 (2,980 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 33243/ 33500
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: 44°55′N 0°14′W / 44.92°N 0.24°W / 44.92; -0.24

Libourne (Gascon Liborna) is a commune in the Gironde department in Aquitaine in southwestern France. It is a sub-prefecture of the department.

It is the wine-making capital of northern Gironde and lies near Saint-Émilion and Pomerol, both known for their wines.

History[change | change source]

It was created as a bastide by Roger de Leybourne in 1270. The original name of Leybourne changed to the present Libourne. Its original aim was to be a port to ship wine of the Dordogne valley to England.

Geography[change | change source]

Libourne is at the confluence of the Isle and Dordogne rivers. The city is at about 31 km (19 mi) from Bordeaux and 98 km (61 mi) from Arcachon.

It has an area of 20.63 km2 (7.97 sq mi) and its average altitude is 15 m (49 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 10 m (33 ft).[1]

Libourne and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Libourne

Libourne is surrounded by the communes Les Billaux, Lalande-de-Pomerol, Pomerol, Saint-Émilion, Moulon, Génissac, Arveyres, Fronsac and Saillans.

Population[change | change source]

With a population of 23,736,[2] Libourne has a population density of 1,151 inhabitants/km2.

The inhabitants of Libourne are known, in French, as Libournais (women: Libournaises).[3]

Administration[change | change source]

Libourne is a sub-prefecture of the Gironde department since 1790.

The commune is part of the canton Libournais-Fronsadais, formed with 24 communes, including Libourne'.[4]

Gallery[change | change source]

Twin towns[change | change source]

Libourne is twinned with:[5]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "City of Libourne". Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  2. "Populations lègales 2012 - 33-Gironde" (in French). Populations légales 2012 des départements et des collectivités d'outre-mer. Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  3. "Libourne (33330)" (in French). Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  4. "Canton du Libournais-Fronsadais (3316)" (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  5. "Ville de Libourne" (in French). Retrieved 23 April 2015.

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