Mauriac, Cantal

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Mauriac
Notre-Dame-des-Miracles basilica
Notre-Dame-des-Miracles basilica
Coat of arms of Mauriac
Coat of arms
Mauriac is located in France
Mauriac
Mauriac
Location within Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
Mauriac is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Mauriac
Mauriac
Coordinates: 45°13′11″N 2°20′03″E / 45.2197°N 2.3342°E / 45.2197; 2.3342Coordinates: 45°13′11″N 2°20′03″E / 45.2197°N 2.3342°E / 45.2197; 2.3342
CountryFrance
RegionAuvergne-Rhône-Alpes
DepartmentCantal
ArrondissementMauriac
CantonMauriac
IntercommunalityPays de Mauriac
Government
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Gérard Leymonie[1]
Area
1
27.61 km2 (10.66 sq mi)
Population
 (2014)2
3,682
 • Density130/km2 (350/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Mauriacois
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
15120 /15200
Elevation351–760 m (1,152–2,493 ft)
(avg. 722 m or 2,369 ft)
Websitewww.mauriac.fr
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.

Mauriac is a commune in south central France in the region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. It is a subprefecture of the Cantal department. It is also the capital of the arrondissement of the same name.

History[change | change source]

Mauriac is one of the oldest town in the Cantal department founded about 2,000 years ago.[2]

The town grew around the Saint-Pierre de Mauriac monastery and the Notre-Dame-des-Miracles Basilica.

Geography[change | change source]

Mauriac is in the northwest of Cantal, close to the border with the Corrèze department, near the Dordogne river. It is along the Auze river, a left tributary of the Dordogne.

Mauriac is in hilly terrain, with the main populated area at an altitude of about 350–450 m (1,150–1,480 ft), while the surrounding areas rise to about 760 m (2,490 ft) in the volcanic foothills. The commune has an area of 27.61 km2 (10.66 sq mi).

The commune of Mauriac is surrounded by the communes Le Vigean, Brageac, Escorailles, Ally, Salins, Jaleyrac, Chaussenac, Sourniac, Drugeac, Chalvignac, Anglards-de-Salers and Méallet.[3]

Mauriac and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Mauriac

Climate[change | change source]

The climate of Mauriac, in the Köppen climate classification, is Cfb - Oceanic climate with template summers.[3]

Population[change | change source]

The inhabitants of Mauriac are known, in French, as Mauriacois (women: Mauriacoises).[4]

With a population of 3,682,[5] Mauriac has a population density of 133 inhabitants/km2.

Evolution of the population in Mauriac

Mauriac forms with Le Vigean the urban area of Mauriac, one of the seven urban areas of Cantal, with a population of 4,559 inhabitants (2013) and an area of 56.6 km2 (21.9 sq mi).[6] This urban area is the centre of the metropolitan area of Mauriac, formed by five communes with a population of 5,277 inhabitants and an area of 93.9 km2 (36.3 sq mi).[7]

Administration[change | change source]

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

It is part of the intercommunality Pays de Mauriac (French: Communauté de communes du Pays de Mauriac).

Sites of interest[change | change source]

  • Notre-Dame-des-Miracles Basilica.
  • Saint-Pierre de Mauriac; ruins of a monastery built in the 12th century.
  • Hôtel d'Orcet, built in the 18th century; the headquarters of the subprefecture are here now.

Gallery[change | change source]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Les élus" (in French). Ville de Mauriac. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  2. "Histoire et patrimonie" (in French). Ville de Mauriac. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Ville de Mauriac". Annuaire-Mairie.fr (in French). Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  4. "Mauriac (15200)" (in French). habitants.fr. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  5. "Régions, départements, arrondissements, cantons et communes" (PDF). Populations légales 2014 (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  6. "Unité urbaine de Mauriac (15105)". Comparateur de territoire (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  7. "Aire urbaine de Mauriac (577)". Comparateur de territoire (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 25 January 2017.

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