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Lodève vue générale.JPG
View of Lodève
Coat of arms of Lodève
Coat of arms
Lodève is located in France
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Hérault
Arrondissement Lodève
Canton Lodève
Intercommunality Lodévois et Larzac
Mayor Marie-Christine Bousquet [1]
Elevation 117–700 m (384–2,297 ft)
(avg. 165 m/541 ft)
Land area1 23.17 km2 (8.95 sq mi)
Population2 7,381  (2014)
 - Density 319 /km2 (830 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 34142/ 34700
Website www.lodeve.com
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: 43°43′57″N 3°19′02″E / 43.732545°N 3.317308°E / 43.732545; 3.317308

Lodève (Occitan: Lodeva) is a commune in the Hérault département in the Occitanie region in southern France. It is a subprefecture of the department and also the capital of the arrondissement of the same name.

History[change | change source]

Lodève started as the capital of a Celtic tribe before becoming the Roman city Luteva (also known as Forum Neronis). It was a centre for textile production under Louis XV and was home to one of only two royal factories for tapestry, the other being the one in Paris.[2]

Geography[change | change source]

Lodève is in the north of the Hérault department where the plains rise up to the Larzac plateau. It is a the narrow valley of the Lergue river, a tributary of the Hérault river.

The commune has an area of 23.17 km2 (8.95 sq mi) and is at an altitude of about 117–700 m (384–2,297 ft) above sea level. The city of Montpellier is to the east of Lodève at 45 km (28 mi) and Béziers is to the west at 50 km (31 mi). Lodève is at 80 km (50 mi) from the Mediterranean Sea.

The commune of Lodève is surrounded by the communes Soumont, Olmet-et-Villecun, Poujols, Fozières, Les Plans, Le Puech, Soubès, Lauroux, Lavalette, Saint-Étienne-de-Gourgas, Le Bosc and Usclas-du-Bosc.[3]

Lodève and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Lodève

Climate[change | change source]

The climate of Lodève, in the Köppen climate classification, is Csb - Mediterranean climate with template summers.[3]

Population[change | change source]

The inhabitants of Lodève are known, in French, as Lodévois (women: Lodévoises).[4]

With a population of 7,381,[5] Lodève has a population density of 319 inhabitants/km2.

Evolution of the population in Lodève

Lodève forms with other seven communes the urban area of Lodève with a population of 9,780 inhabitants (2013) and an area of 102 km2 (39 sq mi).[6] This urban area is the centre of the metropolitan area of Lodève, formed by nine communes with a population of 9,977 inhabitants (2013) and an area of 128.4 km2 (49.6 sq mi).[7]

Administration[change | change source]

Lodève is a subprefecture of the Hérault department, the capital of the arrondissement of Lodève and the administrative centre (French: chef-lieu) of the canton of Lodève.

It is part of the intercommunality Lodévois et Larzac (French: Communauté de communes Lodévois et Larzac).

Sister cities[change | change source]

Lodève is twinned with:[3]

Sites of interest[change | change source]

  • Lodève Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Fulcran de Lodève), parts of which date from the sixth century.
  • Museum Fleury (temporary art exhibitions and archeology permanent collection).
  • L'Atelier national du tapis de Lodève, the French state carpet-making workshop.

Gallery[change | change source]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Vie municipale - Le Maire" (in French). Ville de Lodève. http://lodeve.com/vie-municipale/vos-elus/le-maire/. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  2. "L'histoire de la Ville" (in French). Ville de Lodève. http://lodeve.com/votre-ville/histoire-de-la-ville/. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Ville de Lodève" (in French). Annuaire-Mairie.fr. http://www.annuaire-mairie.fr/ville-lodeve.html. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  4. "Hérault" (in French). habitants.fr. http://www.habitants.fr/herault-34. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  5. "Régions, départements, arrondissements, cantons et communes" (in French) (PDF). Populations légales 2014. Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. http://www.insee.fr/fr/statistiques/fichier/2525755/dep34.pdf. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  6. "Unité urbaine de Lodève (34214)" (in French). Comparateur de territoire. Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. https://www.insee.fr/fr/statistiques/1405599?geo=UU2010-34214. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  7. "Aire urbaine de Lodève (385)" (in French). Comparateur de territoire. Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. https://www.insee.fr/fr/statistiques/1405599?geo=AU2010-385. Retrieved 1 March 2017.

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