Figeac facts for kids
View of the old city of Figeac
|Canton||capital of 2 Cantons|
|Intercommunality||Le Grand Figeac|
|Area1||35.16 km2 (13.58 sq mi)|
|• Density||279.29/km2 (723.4/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+01:00)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+02:00)|
|INSEE/Postal code||46102 /46100|
|Elevation||170–451 m (558–1,480 ft)
(avg. 311 m or 1,020 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
In the late ninth century, the King Pepin I of Aquitaine founded a monastery in Figeac; the town developed around the monastery as an important city on the pilgrimage routes. In the 14th century, the walls of Figeac were built.
Figeac is surrounded by the communesCamburat, Planioles, Viazac, Lunan, Capdenac, Faycelles, Béduer, Camboulit, Lissac-et-Mouret.
|Camboulit and Lissac-et-Mouret||Lunan|
The climate of Figeac, in the Köppen climate classification, is Cfb - Oceanic climate with template summers.
The inhabitants of Figeac are known, in French, as Figeacois (women: Figeacoises).
With a population of 9,820, Figeac has a population density of 279 inhabitants/km2.
Evolution of the population in Figeac
Figeac forms with other 4 communes the urban area of Figeac, with a population of 16,468 inhabitants (2013) and an area of 78.3 km2 (30.2 sq mi); one of the communes is Capdenac-Gare that belongs to the Aveyron department. This urban area is the centre of the metropolitan area of Figeac, formed by 33 communes with a population of 25,593 inhabitants and an area of 388 km2 (150 sq mi).
- Jean-François Champollion, the first translator of Egyptian hieroglyphs, was born in Figeac, where there is a Champollion Museum. On the "Place des écritures" ("Square of the Writings"), there is a giant copy of the Rosetta Stone, by Joseph Kosuth.
- The actor Charles Boyer was also born in Figeac.
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