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Coat of arms of Malemort-du-Comtat
Location of Malemort-du-Comtat
Malemort-du-Comtat is located in France
Malemort-du-Comtat is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Coordinates: 44°01′18″N 5°09′37″E / 44.0216666667°N 5.16027777778°E / 44.0216666667; 5.16027777778Coordinates: 44°01′18″N 5°09′37″E / 44.0216666667°N 5.16027777778°E / 44.0216666667; 5.16027777778
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
IntercommunalityTerrasses du Ventoux
11.92 km2 (4.60 sq mi)
 • Density100/km2 (260/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
84070 /84570
Elevation160–364 m (525–1,194 ft)
(avg. 208 m or 682 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
Medieval gateway in Malemort du Comtat

Malemort-du-Comtat is a commune of 1,203 people (1999). It is in the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur in the Vaucluse department in the south of France. During the time of the Roman Empire, the village was called "Calvia."[1] The name Malemort means "bad death" and was probably used after the destruction of the village by the Franks.[1] Comtat means "county", the land belonging to a count.[2] Wine making has been carried out in region for at least 2,400 years. When wine making started again in medieval times, the Archbishop of Carpentras gave his monks a vineyard in Malemort du Comtat in 882.[3]

The village is in the mountains, surrounded by olive and cherry trees.[4] The city was protected by high walls and eleven towers which were built in the 12th century.[4] Three of the gateways in the wall are still standing. The church, Notre Dame de l’Assomption, was built in the 13th century.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Malemort du Comtat - Origins" (in French). Retrieved 2009-11-05.
  2. "Comtat Venaissin". Provence Hideaways. October 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-11-01. Retrieved 2009-11-07.
  3. "Côtes du Ventoux - The wines of Côtes du Rhône". Archived from the original on 2009-04-18. Retrieved 2009-11-07.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Malemort du Comtat". Provence Web. 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-05.