Bridge over the Vincou
|Intercommunality||Haut-Limousin en Marche|
|• Mayor (2020–2026)||Claude Peyronnet|
|24.42 km2 (9.43 sq mi)|
|• Density||150/km2 (390/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||175–301 m (574–988 ft) |
(avg. 245 m or 804 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
Bellac (French pronunciation: [bɛlak] ; Occitan : Belac [beˈlak] ) is a commune in the Haute-Vienne department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in western France.
Inhabitants are known as Bellachons.
Bellac is where the French author Jean Giraudoux, writer of L'Apollon de Bellac , was born in 1882. His house has been turned into a museum.
Bellac lies 45 km (28 mi) northwest of Limoges at the confluence of the rivers Gartempe and Vincou , in the Department of Haute-Vienne. Poitiers is 70 km (43 mi) to the northwest, and Angoulême 100 km (62 mi) to the southwest. The hills known as the Monts de Blond lie immediately to the south.
Bellac is a sous-préfecture of Haute-Vienne, governing eight cantons and 63 communes.
Bellac is 30 km (19 mi) west of the A20 Limoges-Orléans motorway, and lies at a crossroads where the RN145 crosses the RN147. Both these roads had been designated part of the Route Centre-Europe Atlantique (RCEA) and were thus at risk of being upgraded to motorway. However, the latest thinking is that the RCEA will be re-routed from La Souterraine south down the A20 to Limoges and then via upgraded to the N520/N141 routes to Angoulême and the west.
Bellac is classified as a cité de charactere, a village étape , a station verte de vacances , and a station touristique .
Anne Pierpont Morgan helped France in two world wars. For her work in Bellac see Wikipedia and the Morgan Library website.
Hippolyte Jean Giraudoux was a French novelist, essayist, diplomat and playwright. He is considered among the most important French dramatists of the period between World War I and World War II. His work is noted for its stylistic elegance and poetic fantasy. Giraudoux's dominant theme is the relationship between man and woman—or in some cases, between man and some unattainable ideal.
Haute-Vienne is a department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in southwest-central France. Named after the Vienne River, it is one of the twelve departments that together constitute Nouvelle-Aquitaine. The neighbouring departments are Creuse, Corrèze, Dordogne, Charente, Vienne and Indre.
Limoges is a city and commune, is the capital of the Haute-Vienne department and was the administrative capital of the former Limousin region in west-central France. Situated on the first western foothills of the Massif Central, Limoges is crossed by the Vienne River, of which it was originally the first ford crossing point.
The Vienne is a major river in south-western France. It is 363 km (226 mi) long. It is a significant left tributary of the lower Loire. It supports numerous hydro-electric dams, and it is the main river of the northern part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.
Rochechouart is a commune in the Haute-Vienne department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in west-central France. It is a sub-prefecture of the department.
Montluçon is a commune in central France on the Cher river. It is the largest commune in the Allier department, although the department's prefecture is located in the smaller town of Moulins. Its inhabitants are known as Montluçonnais. The town is in the traditional province of Bourbonnais and was part of the mediaeval duchy of Bourbon.
The 3 arrondissements of the Haute-Vienne department are:
The Arrondissement of Bellac is an arrondissement of France in the Haute-Vienne department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. It has 57 communes. Its population is 39,204 (2016), and its area is 1,779.9 km2 (687.2 sq mi).
The following is a list of the 21 cantons of the Haute-Vienne department, in France, following the French canton reorganisation which came into effect in March 2015:
Limoges – Bellegarde Airport is an airport located 6 kilometres (4 mi) west-northwest of Limoges, a commune of the Haute-Vienne department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of France. The airport presently has limited mass transit options which include only three stops per day of bus line 26 and a shared taxi service to and from the main train station.
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Saint-Bonnet-de-Bellac is a commune in the Haute-Vienne department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in west-central France.
Saint-Victurnien is a commune in the Haute-Vienne department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in west-central France. Its inhabitants are called Saint-Victurniauds.
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A Village étape (France) or a Village relais (Québec) is a small town, typically under five thousand people, designated to provide a complete set of services for national or provincial highway travellers. While most do provide natural or cultural landmarks, activities or attractions in some form, the core requirements address quality or hours of operation for amenities such as restaurants, grocers, lodging and tourist information.
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