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Coordinates: 45¬į32‚Ä≤42‚Ä≥N 3¬į14‚Ä≤59‚Ä≥EÔĽŅ / ÔĽŅ45.545¬įN 3.24972222222¬įEÔĽŅ / 45.545; 3.24972222222

Commune of Issoire

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Location
Issoire is located in France
Issoire
Administration
Country France
Region Auvergne
Department Puy-de-D√īme
Arrondissement Issoire
Canton Issoire
Mayor Jacques Magne
(2008‚Äď2014)
Statistics
Elevation 360‚Äď560 m (1,200‚Äď1,800 ft)
(avg. 386 m/1,270 ft)
Land area1 19.69 km2 (7.60 sq mi)
Population2 14,488  (2006)
 - Density 736 /km2 (1,910 /sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 63178/ 63500
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km¬≤ (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.

Issoire (Occitan: Suire) is a commune in the Puy-de-D√īme department in Auvergne in central France.

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Geography

Issoire is located on the Couze River, near its junction with the Allier, 40 km (25 mi) SSE of Clermont-Ferrand on the Paris-Lyon-M√©diterran√©e railway to N√ģmes. Issoire is situated in one of the fertile plains of the Petites Limagnes‚ÄĒbasins that follow the Allier River from its source in the Massif Central to the Grande Limagne north of Clermont-Ferrand and on to the Loire.

Saint-Austremoine church.

History

Issoire (Iciodurum) is said to have been founded by the Arverni, and in Roman times rose to some reputation for its schools. In the 5th century the Christian community established there by Stremonius in the 3rd century was overthrown by the fury of the Vandals.

During the religious wars of the Reformation, Issoire suffered very severely. Merle, the leader of the Protestants, captured the town in 1574, and treated the inhabitants with great cruelty. The Roman Catholics retook it in 1577, and the ferocity of their retaliation may be inferred from the inscription "Ici fut Issoire" ("Here was Issoire") carved on a pillar which was raised on the site of the town. In the contest between the Leaguers and Henry IV, Issoire sustained further sieges, and never wholly regained its early prosperity.

Economy

Voxan motorcycles are manufactured at Issoire.

Sights

The church of Saint-Austremoine is built on the site of an older chapel raised over the tomb of St. Austremoine (Stremonius) affords an excellent specimen of the Romanesque architecture of Auvergne.

Twin towns

See also

References

This article incorporates text from the Encyclopædia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, a publication now in the public domain.

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

ISSOIRE, a town of central France, capital of an arrondissement in the department of Puy-de-Dome, on the Couze, near its junction with the Allier, 22 m. S.S.E. of Clermont-Ferrand on the Paris-Lyon-Mediterranee railway to Nimes. Pop. (1906) 5 2 74. Issoire is situated in the fertile plain of Limagne. The streets in the older part of the town are narrow and crooked, but in the newer part there are several fine tree-shaded promenades, while a handsome boulevard encircles the town. The church of St Paul or St Austremoine built on the site of an older chapel raised over the tomb of St Austremoine (Stremonius) affords an excellent specimen of the Romanesque architecture of Auvergne. Issoire is the seat of a sub-prefect; its public institutions include tribunals of first instance and commerce and a communal college. Brewing, wool-carding and the manufacture of passementerie, candles, straw hats and woollen goods are carried on. There is trade in lentils and other agricultural products, in fruit and in wine.

.Issoire (Iciodurum) is said to have been founded by the Arverni, and in Roman times rose to some reputation for its schools. In the 5th century the Christian community established there by Stremonius in the 3rd century was overthrown by the fury of the Vandals. During the religious wars of the Reformation, Issoire suffered very severely. Merle, the leader of the Protestants, captured the town in 1574, and treated the inhabitants with great cruelty. The Roman Catholics retook it in 1577, and the ferocity of their retaliation may be inferred from the inscription "Ici fut Issoire" carved on a pillar which was raised on the site of the town. In the contest between the Leaguers and Henry IV., Issoire sustained further sieges, and never wholly regained its early prosperity.


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