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Coordinates: 45°33′01″N 3°44′33″E / 45.5502777778°N 3.7425°E / 45.5502777778; 3.7425

Commune of Ambert

Ambert JPG01.jpg
Town hall
Ambert is located in France
Country France
Region Auvergne
Department Puy-de-Dôme
Arrondissement Ambert
Canton Ambert
Intercommunality Pays d'Ambert
Mayor Jean Aulagnier
Elevation 514–1,365 m (1,690–4,480 ft)
(avg. 527 m/1,730 ft)
Land area1 60.48 km2 (23.35 sq mi)
Population2 7,376  (2006)
 - Density 122 /km2 (320 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 63003/ 63600
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
General view

Ambert is a commune in the Puy-de-Dôme department in Auvergne in central France.



Ambert is the seat of the canton of Ambert and the arrondissement of Ambert. It is a sub-prefecture of the department. The arrondissement consists of eight cantons.


Ambert lies on the Dore River, a tributary of the Allier River.


Ambert is famous for its fourme-d'Ambert cheese, its paper mills (the first edition of Diderot's Encyclopédie was printed on paper made in Ambert) and its circular town hall (popularized by Jules Romain in his novel Les copains).

Notable people

Ambert was the birthpace of Michel Rolle (1652-1719), mathematician and Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894), composer.

Places of interest

The Agrivap Chemin de Fer Touristique operated out of Ambert. There is a steam engine that makes a local run, but to see the line in full a ride on the Panoramique Autorail is not be missed.

There is an industrial museum with an interesting collection of tractors and small steam engines.

In the town the Museum of Cheese is worth a visit, as is the old paper mill a few kilometres outside the main town.


Demographic evolution of Ambert between 1962 and 1999
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999
2006 7160 7328 7603 7722 7420

Twin towns

See also



1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

AMBERT, a town of central France, capital of an arrondissement of the department of Puy-de-Dome, on the Dore, 52 m. E.S.E. of Clermont-Ferrand by rail. Pop. (1906), town, 3889; commune, 7581. The town has a church of the 15th and 16th centuries and carries on the manufacture of paper, lace, ribbon, rosaries, &c., and trade in cheese. It is the seat of a sub-prefect, and the public institutions include tribunals of first instance and of commerce, a chamber of arts and manufactures, and a communal college.

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