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Coordinates: 43°58′02″N4°47′48″E / 43.9672°N 4.7967°E / 43.9672; 4.7967 Coordinates: 43°58′02″N4°47′48″E / 43.9672°N 4.7967°E / 43.9672; 4.7967
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Gard
Arrondissement Nîmes
Canton Villeneuve-lès-Avignon
Intercommunality CA Grand Avignon
  Mayor (2020-2026) Pascale Bories
18.27 km2 (7.05 sq mi)
 (2017-01-01) [1]
  Density640/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
30351 /30400
Elevation10–181 m (33–594 ft)
(avg. 25 m or 82 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Villeneuve-lès-Avignon (French pronunciation:  [vil'nœv lez‿avi'ɲɔ̃]; Provençal: Vilanòva d’Avinhon) is a commune in the Gard department in southern France. It can also be spelled Villeneuve-lez-Avignon.



In the 6th century the Benedictine abbey of St André was founded on Mount Andaon, and the village which grew up round it took its name. [2] The city itself was founded by Philippe le Bel and boasts a castle he built, Fort Saint-André.

The town was also the resort of the French cardinals during the sojourn of the popes at Avignon, in the 14th century. [2]


It is located by the Rhône River, opposite Avignon.


Historical population


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  1. "Populations légales 2017". INSEE . Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  2. 1 2 3 4 PD-icon.svg  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain : Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Villeneuve-lès-Avignon". Encyclopædia Britannica . 28 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 85.

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