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Coordinates: 47°51′50″N 1°54′02″E / 47.8638888889°N 1.90055555556°E / 47.8638888889; 1.90055555556

Commune of Oliviet

Olivet Cotelle Loiret 2.jpg
Banks of the Loiret at Olivet
Location
Olivet, Loiret is located in France
Olivet, Loiret
Administration
Country France
Region Centre
Department Loiret
Arrondissement Orléans
Statistics
Elevation 89–109 m (290–360 ft)
Land area1 23.39 km2 (9.03 sq mi)
Population2 21,634  (2009)
 - Density 925 /km2 (2,400 /sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 45232/ 45160
Website www.ville-olivet.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 sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Olivet is a commune in the Loiret department in north-central France.

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Geography

Olivet is located in the septentrional bend of the Loire, which crosses from east to west. Olivet belongs to the vallée de la Loire sector between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes-sur-Loire, which was in 2000 inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Olivet is 120 km south-south-west of Paris. Olivet is bordered to the north by Orleans and to the south by the Sologne.

Olivet is crossed by the Loiret, a 13 km long river which is both a tributary and a resurgence of the Loire.

History

The first traces of inhabitants belong to the Merovingian era. The water mills along the river were built by monks during the tenth century.

The first name of the village, during eleventh century, was Saint Martin du Loiret. The name Olivet comes probably from Mount of olives.

The village suffered severe destructions during the Hundred Years' War, especially during the Siege of Orléans.

During the nineteenth century the river sides became a resort. Most of the surface was still devoted to agriculture, specialised in flowers, vegetable and fruits.

Nowadays Olivet is a growing city of more than 20.000 inhabitants.

Places of interest

typical boat garage

The peaceful river Loiret, surroundered by trees and home of numerous swans, offers pleasant public walks. They show glimpses of water mills, old castles, guinguettes and boat garages.

On the north side of the main bridge, the Horloge fleurie is a giant clock on a flowery slope.

The Eglise Saint Martin is a historical monument whose building began in the thirteenth century.

Gastronomy

  • Olivet, a cheese often covered with ashes, hay or plane leaves
  • poire d'Olivet, a pear liquor with a whole pear inside the bottle

People

  • Gentien Hervet (1499-1584), writer and translator
  • Gaston d'Illiers (1876-1932), sculptor
  • Louis d'Illiers (1880-1953), writer
  • Jules-Marie Simon (1871-1970), writer
  • Isidore Bernhart (1898-1976), pataphysician
  • Pierre Michon (1945- ), writer

See also

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