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Coordinates: 44°55′34″N 2°26′26″E / 44.9261111°N 2.44055556°E / 44.9261111; 2.44055556

Commune of Aurillac
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Park in Aurillac

Location
Aurillac is located in France
Aurillac
Administration
Country France
Region Auvergne
Department Cantal
Arrondissement Aurillac
Intercommunality Aurillac
Mayor Alain Calmette
(2008–2014)
Statistics
Elevation 573–867. m (1,880–2,840 ft)
(avg. 622 m/2,040 ft)
Land area1 28.76 km2 (11.10 sq mi)
Population2 30,551  (1999)
 - Density 1,062 /km2 (2,750 /sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 15014/ 15000
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.

Aurillac (Orlhac in Occitan) is a commune in the Auvergne region in central France, capital of the Cantal department.

The inhabitants of Aurillac are called the Aurillacois, and are also Cantaliens (from Cantal).

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Geography and climate

Aurillac is traversed by the Jordanne River.

Aurillac is often thought to be one of the coldest cities in France. However, this is untrue, as it is simply the city at the highest altitude shown on the TV weathercasts.

Economy

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Umbrellas

The historical capital of the umbrella, Aurillac makes more than half the umbrellas produced in France. In 1999, Aurillac produced around 250,000 umbrellas, generating around 100 jobs.

The umbrella industry was suffering several decades of decline at the end of the 20th century. In 1997, to strengthen their position, the Aurillac umbrella factories regrouped as an Economic Interest Group, or GIE, and launched under a single label, L'aurillac Parapluie.

Sights

Some of the better known churches of Aurillac are:

  • Église Saint Géraud
  • Église Notre Dame aux Neiges
  • Église Sacré Cœur
  • Église Saint-Joseph Ouvrier

Miscellaneous

Stade Aurillacois Cantal Auvergne is a rugby team based in Aurillac.

Aurillac was the birthplace of:

External links


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Aurillac is a city in Auvergne, France.

  • Chateau de Salles [1] Located a few minutes from Aurillac, in fifteenth century casle overlooking a eight hectare private park, the Hotel offers a panorama on the Monts of Cantal and is quite near the Vézac golf course(18 holes). Facilities include a a restaurant, swimming pool, gym, steam room, sauna, tennis court.
  • Chateau de Saint-Cirq Lapopie [2] A hotel located in the heart of the village of Saint-Cirq Lapopie.
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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

AURILLAC, a town of central France, capital of the department of Cantal, 140 m. N.N.E. of Toulouse, on the Orleans railway between Figeac and Murat. Pop. (1906) 14,097. Aurillac stands on the right bank of the Jordanne, and is dominated from the north-west by the Roc Castanet, crowned by the castle of St Etienne, the keep of which dates from the 11th century. Its streets are narrow and uninteresting, with the exception of one which contains, among other old houses, that known as the Maison des Consuls, a Gothic building of the 16th century, decorated with sculptured stone-work. Aurillac owes its origin to an abbey founded in the 9th century by St Geraud, and the abbey-church, rebuilt in the 17th century in the Gothic style, is the chief building in the town. The former college, which dates from the 17th century, is now occupied by a museum and a library. There is a statue of Pope Silvester II., born near Aurillac in 930 and educated in the abbey, which soon afterwards became one of the most famous schools of France. Aurillac is the seat of a prefect, and its public institutions include tribunals of first instance and of commerce, a chamber of commerce, a lycee, training-colleges and a branch of the Bank of France.. The chief manufactures are wooden shoes and umbrellas, and there is trade in cheese and in the cattle and horses reared in the neighbourhood.


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