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1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Périgueux
Périgueux
(French pronunciation: [peʁiɡø] ( listen); Occitan: Peireguers [pejɾeˈɣɥes, pejɾeˈɡœː] or Periguers [peɾiˈɣɥes, peɾiˈɡœː]) is a commune in the Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Nouvelle-Aquitaine
in southwestern France. Périgueux
Périgueux
is the prefecture of the départment. It is also the seat of a Roman Catholic diocese.

Contents

1 History 2 Geography 3 Population 4 Sights

4.1 Cathedral

5 Transport 6 Personalities 7 International relations 8 See also 9 References 10 External links

History[edit]

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The name Périgueux
Périgueux
comes from Petrocorii, a Latinization of Celtic words meaning "the four tribes" – the Gallic people that held the area before the Roman conquest. Périgueux
Périgueux
was their capital city. In 200 BC, the Petrocorii came from the north and settled at Périgueux and established an encampment at La Boissière. After the Roman invasion, they left this post and established themselves on the plain of L'Isle, and the town of Vesunna was created. This Roman city was eventually embellished with amenities such as temples, baths, amphitheatres, and a forum. At the end of the third century AD, the Roman city was surrounded by ramparts, and the town took the name of Civitas Petrocoriorum. In the 10th century, Le Puy-Saint-Front was constructed around an abbey next to the old Gallo-Roman city. It was organised into a municipality around 1182. During the year 1940, many Jews from Alsace and Alsatians were evacuated to Périgueux. Simone Mareuil
Simone Mareuil
(a lead actress from the surrealist film Un Chien Andalou) committed self-immolation on 24 October 1954 by dousing herself in gasoline and burning herself to death in a public square in Périgueux. Geography[edit] The Isle flows through Périgueux. Population[edit]

Historical population

Year Pop. ±%

1793 9,898 —    

1800 5,733 −42.1%

1806 6,306 +10.0%

1821 8,452 +34.0%

1831 8,956 +6.0%

1836 11,576 +29.3%

1841 12,187 +5.3%

1846 11,455 −6.0%

1851 13,547 +18.3%

1856 16,291 +20.3%

1861 19,140 +17.5%

1866 19,633 +2.6%

1872 19,956 +1.6%

1876 24,169 +21.1%

1881 25,969 +7.4%

1886 29,611 +14.0%

1891 31,439 +6.2%

1896 31,313 −0.4%

1901 31,976 +2.1%

1906 31,361 −1.9%

1911 33,548 +7.0%

1921 33,144 −1.2%

1926 33,389 +0.7%

1931 33,988 +1.8%

1936 37,615 +10.7%

1946 40,865 +8.6%

1954 40,785 −0.2%

1962 38,529 −5.5%

1968 37,450 −2.8%

1975 35,120 −6.2%

1982 32,916 −6.3%

1990 30,280 −8.0%

1999 30,152 −0.4%

2008 29,080 −3.6%

Sights[edit] Sights include: the remains of a Roman amphitheatre (known locally as the arènes romaines) the centre of which has been turned into a green park with a water fountain; the remains of a temple of the Gallic goddess "Vesunna"; and a luxurious Roman villa, called the "Domus of Vesunna", built around a garden courtyard surrounded by a colonnaded peristyle now housed in the Vesunna Gallo-Roman Museum.

Périgueux
Périgueux
Theater Palace

Saint-Étienne
Saint-Étienne
Church

Cathedral[edit] Main article: Périgueux
Périgueux
Cathedral

Cathedral
Cathedral
of St Front

The bell tower of St Front's cathedral

St Front's cathedral, inside

The cathedral of St Front was built after 1120 and restored in the 19th century. The history of the church of St Front of Périgueux
Périgueux
has given rise to numerous discussions between archaeologists. Félix de Verneihl claims that St Front's was a copy of St Mark's Basilica
St Mark's Basilica
in Venice; Quicherat, that it was copied from the church of the Holy Apostles of Constantinople. M. Brutails is of the opinion that even if the style of St Front's reveals an imitation of Oriental art, the construction differs altogether from Byzantine methods. The dates 984–1047, often given for the erection of St Front's, he considers too early; he thinks that the present church of St Front was built about 1120–1173, in imitation of a foreign monument by a native local school of architecture which erected the other domed buildings in the south-west of France. The local architect, Paul Abadie
Paul Abadie
(1812–1884), was responsible for radical changes to St Front's which are no longer appreciated by architects or local residents who prefer the purer Romanesque church of Saint-Étienne
Saint-Étienne
de la Cité, the former Cathedral
Cathedral
of Périgueux. The cathedral is part of the World Heritage Sites of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France. Transport[edit] Périgueux
Périgueux
railway station offers connections to Limoges, Bordeaux, Brive-la-Gaillarde, and other regional destinations.

Personalities[edit] Périgueux
Périgueux
was the birthplace of:

Pierre Daumesnil
Pierre Daumesnil
(1776–1832), general of the First Empire. Georges Bégué
Georges Bégué
(1911–1993), engineer and agent in the Special Operations Executive Francine Benoît (1894–1990), composer, music critic and teacher, who gained Portuguese citizenship in 1929. She taught pianist Maria João Pires and composer Emanuel Nunes, amongst others. William Joseph Chaminade
William Joseph Chaminade
(1761–1850), founder of the Society of Mary (Marianists) and the Daughters of Mary Immaculate Patrick Ollier
Patrick Ollier
(1944–), politician, President of the National Assembly in 2007. Jean Clédat (1871–1943), Egyptologist, archaeologist and philologist. Ketty Kerviel (1916–2009), film actress Nicole Duclos born Salavert (1947–), athlete. Rachilde (1860–1953), writer associated with the Decadent
Decadent
and Symbolist
Symbolist
movements. Julien Dupuy
Julien Dupuy
(1983–), rugby union player.

René Thomas (1886–1975), racing driver, winner of the Indianapolis 500 in 1914.

International relations[edit] See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in France Périgueux
Périgueux
is twinned with:[1]

Amberg, Germany[1]

See also[edit]

Communes of the Dordogne
Dordogne
department Périgord

References[edit]

INSEE

^ a b "National Commission for Decentralised cooperation". Délégation pour l’Action Extérieure des Collectivités Territoriales (Ministère des Affaires étrangères) (in French). Archived from the original on 8 October 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Périgueux.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "article name needed". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.  (in French) City council of Périgueux (in French) reports on culture and people in Périgueux (in French) Web site of the Périgord (in French) Perigueux-city.com

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Prefectures of departments of France

Bourg-en-Bresse
Bourg-en-Bresse
(Ain) Laon
Laon
(Aisne) Moulins (Allier) Digne-les-Bains
Digne-les-Bains
(Alpes-de-Haute-Provence) Gap (Hautes-Alpes) Nice
Nice
(Alpes-Maritimes) Privas
Privas
(Ardèche) Charleville-Mézières
Charleville-Mézières
(Ardennes) Foix
Foix
(Ariège) Troyes
Troyes
(Aube) Carcassonne
Carcassonne
(Aude) Rodez
Rodez
(Aveyron) Marseille
Marseille
(Bouches-du-Rhône) Caen
Caen
(Calvados) Aurillac
Aurillac
(Cantal) Angoulême
Angoulême
(Charente) La Rochelle
La Rochelle
(Charente-Maritime) Bourges
Bourges
(Cher) Tulle
Tulle
(Corrèze) Ajaccio
Ajaccio
(Corse-du-Sud) Bastia
Bastia
(Haute-Corse) Dijon
Dijon
(Côte-d'Or) Saint-Brieuc
Saint-Brieuc
(Côtes-d'Armor) Guéret
Guéret
(Creuse) Périgueux
Périgueux
(Dordogne) Besançon
Besançon
(Doubs) Valence (Drôme) Évreux
Évreux
(Eure) Chartres
Chartres
(Eure-et-Loir) Quimper
Quimper
(Finistère) Nîmes
Nîmes
(Gard) Toulouse
Toulouse
(Haute-Garonne) Auch
Auch
(Gers) Bordeaux
Bordeaux
(Gironde) Montpellier
Montpellier
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Rennes
(Ille-et-Vilaine) Châteauroux
Châteauroux
(Indre) Tours
Tours
(Indre-et-Loire) Grenoble
Grenoble
(Isère) Lons-le-Saunier
Lons-le-Saunier
(Jura) Mont-de-Marsan
Mont-de-Marsan
(Landes) Blois
Blois
(Loir-et-Cher) Saint-Étienne
Saint-Étienne
(Loire) Le Puy-en-Velay
Le Puy-en-Velay
(Haute-Loire) Nantes
Nantes
(Loire-Atlantique) Orléans
Orléans
(Loiret) Cahors
Cahors
(Lot) Agen
Agen
(Lot-et-Garonne) Mende (Lozère) Angers
Angers
(Maine-et-Loire) Saint-Lô
Saint-Lô
(Manche) Châlons-en-Champagne
Châlons-en-Champagne
(Marne) Chaumont (Haute-Marne) Laval (Mayenne) Nancy (Meurthe-et-Moselle) Bar-le-Duc
Bar-le-Duc
(Meuse) Vannes
Vannes
(Morbihan) Metz
Metz
(Moselle) Nevers
Nevers
(Nièvre) Lille
Lille
(Nord) Beauvais
Beauvais
(Oise) Alençon
Alençon
(Orne) Arras
Arras
(Pas-de-Calais) Clermont-Ferrand
Clermont-Ferrand
(Puy-de-Dôme) Pau (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) Tarbes
Tarbes
(Hautes-Pyrénées) Perpignan
Perpignan
(Pyrénées-Orientales) Strasbourg
Strasbourg
(Bas-Rhin) Colmar
Colmar
(Haut-Rhin) Lyon
Lyon
(Rhône) Vesoul
Vesoul
(Haute-Saône) Mâcon
Mâcon
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Le Mans
(Sarthe) Chambéry
Chambéry
(Savoie) Annecy
Annecy
(Haute-Savoie) Paris
Paris
(Paris) Rouen
Rouen
(Seine-Maritime) Melun
Melun
(Seine-et-Marne) Versailles (Yvelines) Niort
Niort
(Deux-Sèvres) Amiens
Amiens
(Somme) Albi
Albi
(Tarn) Montauban
Montauban
(Tarn-et-Garonne) Toulon
Toulon
(Var) Avignon
Avignon
(Vaucluse) La Roche-sur-Yon
La Roche-sur-Yon
(Vendée) Poitiers
Poitiers
(Vienne) Limoges
Limoges
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Épinal
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Auxerre
(Yonne) Belfort
Belfort
(Territoire de Belfort) Évry (Essonne) Nanterre
Nanterre
(Hauts-de-Seine) Bobigny
Bobigny
(Seine-Saint-Denis) Créteil
Créteil
(Val-de-Marne) Cergy, Pontoise
Pontoise
(Val-d'Oise)

Overseas departments

Basse-Terre
Basse-Terre
(Guadeloupe) Fort-de- France
France
(Martinique) Cayenne
Cayenne
(French Guiana) Saint-Denis (Réunion) Mamoudzou
Mamoudzou
(Mayotte)

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Communes of the Dordogne
Dordogne
department

Abjat-sur-Bandiat Agonac Ajat Allas-les-Mines Allemans Alles-sur-Dordogne Angoisse Anlhiac Annesse-et-Beaulieu Antonne-et-Trigonant Archignac Aubas Audrix Augignac Auriac-du-Périgord Azerat La Bachellerie Badefols-d'Ans Badefols-sur-Dordogne Baneuil Bardou Bars Bassillac et Auberoche Bayac Beaumontois-en-Périgord Beaupouyet Beauregard-de-Terrasson Beauregard-et-Bassac Beauronne Beleymas Berbiguières Bergerac Bertric-Burée Besse Beynac-et-Cazenac Biras Biron Boisse Boisseuilh Bonneville-et-Saint-Avit-de-Fumadières Borrèze Bosset Bouillac Boulazac-Isle-Manoire Bouniagues Bourdeilles Le Bourdeix Bourg-des-Maisons Bourg-du-Bost Bourgnac Bourniquel Bourrou Bouteilles-Saint-Sébastien Bouzic Brantôme-en-Périgord Brouchaud Le Bugue Le Buisson-de-Cadouin Bussac Busserolles Bussière-Badil Calès Calviac-en-Périgord Campagnac-lès-Quercy Campagne Campsegret Cantillac Capdrot Carlux Carsac-Aillac Carsac-de-Gurson Carves La Cassagne Castelnaud-la-Chapelle Castels et Bézenac Cause-de-Clérans Cazoulès Celles Cénac-et-Saint-Julien Chalagnac Chalais Champagnac-de-Belair Champagne-et-Fontaine Champcevinel Champniers-et-Reilhac Champs-Romain Chancelade Chantérac Chapdeuil La Chapelle-Aubareil La Chapelle-Faucher La Chapelle-Gonaguet La Chapelle-Grésignac La Chapelle-Montabourlet La Chapelle-Montmoreau La Chapelle-Saint-Jean Chassaignes Château-l'Évêque Châtres Cherval Cherveix-Cubas Chourgnac Cladech Clermont-de-Beauregard Clermont-d'Excideuil Colombier Coly Comberanche-et-Épeluche Condat-sur-Trincou Condat-sur-Vézère Conne-de-Labarde Connezac La Coquille Corgnac-sur-l'Isle Cornille Les Coteaux Périgourdins Coubjours Coulaures Coulounieix-Chamiers Coursac Cours-de-Pile Coutures Coux-et-Bigaroque-Mouzens Couze-et-Saint-Front Creyssac Creysse Creyssensac-et-Pissot Cubjac-Auvézère-Val d'Ans Cunèges Daglan Doissat Domme La Dornac Douchapt Douville La Douze Douzillac Dussac Échourgnac Église-Neuve-de-Vergt Église-Neuve-d'Issac Escoire Étouars Excideuil Eygurande-et-Gardedeuil Eymet Eyvirat Eyzerac Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil Fanlac Les Farges Faurilles Faux La Feuillade Firbeix Flaugeac Le Fleix Fleurac Florimont-Gaumier Fonroque La Force Fossemagne Fougueyrolles Fouleix Fraisse Gabillou Gageac-et-Rouillac Gardonne Gaugeac Génis Ginestet La Gonterie-Boulouneix Gout-Rossignol Grand-Brassac Granges-d'Ans Grignols Grives Groléjac Grun-Bordas Hautefaye Hautefort Issac Issigeac Jaure Javerlhac-et-la-Chapelle-Saint-Robert Jayac La Jemaye-Ponteyraud Journiac Jumilhac-le-Grand Lacropte Lalinde Lamonzie-Montastruc Lamonzie-Saint-Martin Lamothe-Montravel Lanouaille Lanquais Le Lardin-Saint-Lazare Larzac Lavalade Lavaur Laveyssière Les Lèches Léguillac-de-l'Auche Lembras Lempzours Limeuil Limeyrat Liorac-sur-Louyre Lisle Lolme Loubejac Lunas Lusignac Lussas-et-Nontronneau Manaurie Manzac-sur-Vern Marcillac-Saint-Quentin Mareuil en Périgord Marnac Marquay Marsac-sur-l'Isle Marsalès Maurens Mauzac-et-Grand-Castang Mauzens-et-Miremont Mayac Mazeyrolles Ménesplet Mensignac Mescoules Meyrals Mialet Milhac-de-Nontron Minzac Molières Monbazillac Monestier Monfaucon Monmadalès Monmarvès Monpazier Monplaisant Monsac Monsaguel Montagnac-d'Auberoche Montagnac-la-Crempse Montagrier Montaut Montazeau Montcaret Montferrand-du-Périgord Montignac Montpeyroux Montpon-Ménestérol Montrem Mouleydier Moulin-Neuf Mussidan Nabirat Nadaillac Nailhac Nanteuil-Auriac-de-Bourzac Nantheuil Nanthiat Nastringues Naussannes Négrondes Neuvic Nontron Orliac Orliaguet Parcoul-Chenaud Paulin Paunat Paussac-et-Saint-Vivien Pays-de-Belvès Payzac Pazayac Périgueux Petit-Bersac Peyrignac Peyrillac-et-Millac Peyzac-le-Moustier Pezuls Piégut-Pluviers Le Pizou Plaisance Plazac Pomport Pontours Port-Sainte-Foy-et-Ponchapt Prats-de-Carlux Prats-du-Périgord Pressignac-Vicq Preyssac-d'Excideuil Prigonrieux Proissans Queyssac Quinsac Rampieux Razac-de-Saussignac Razac-d'Eymet Razac-sur-l'Isle Ribagnac Ribérac La Rochebeaucourt-et-Argentine La Roche-Chalais La Roque-Gageac Rouffignac-de-Sigoulès Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac Rudeau-Ladosse Sadillac Sagelat Saint-Agne Saint-Amand-de-Coly Saint-Amand-de-Vergt Saint-André-d'Allas Saint-André-de-Double Saint-Antoine-de-Breuilh Saint-Aquilin Saint-Astier Saint-Aubin-de-Cadelech Saint-Aubin-de-Lanquais Saint-Aubin-de-Nabirat Saint-Aulaye-Puymangou Saint-Avit-de-Vialard Saint-Avit-Rivière Saint-Avit-Sénieur Saint-Barthélemy-de-Bellegarde Saint-Barthélemy-de-Bussière Saint-Capraise-de-Lalinde Saint-Capraise-d'Eymet Saint-Cassien Saint-Cernin-de-Labarde Saint-Cernin-de-l'Herm Saint-Chamassy Saint-Cirq Saint-Crépin-d'Auberoche Saint-Crépin-de-Richemont Saint-Crépin-et-Carlucet Saint-Cybranet Saint-Cyprien Saint-Cyr-les-Champagnes Sainte-Croix Sainte-Croix-de-Mareuil Sainte-Eulalie-d'Ans Sainte-Eulalie-d'Eymet Sainte-Foy-de-Belvès Sainte-Foy-de-Longas Sainte-Innocence Sainte-Mondane Sainte-Nathalène Sainte-Orse Sainte-Radegonde Saint-Estèphe Saint-Étienne-de-Puycorbier Sainte-Trie Saint-Félix-de-Bourdeilles Saint-Félix-de-Reillac-et-Mortemart Saint-Félix-de-Villadeix Saint-Front-d'Alemps Saint-Front-de-Pradoux Saint-Front-la-Rivière Saint-Front-sur-Nizonne Saint-Geniès Saint-Georges-Blancaneix Saint-Georges-de-Montclard Saint-Géraud-de-Corps Saint-Germain-de-Belvès Saint-Germain-des-Prés Saint-Germain-du-Salembre Saint-Germain-et-Mons Saint-Géry Saint-Geyrac Saint-Hilaire-d'Estissac Saint-Jean-d'Ataux Saint-Jean-de-Côle Saint-Jean-d'Estissac Saint-Jean-d'Eyraud Saint-Jory-de-Chalais Saint-Jory-las-Bloux Saint-Julien-de-Crempse Saint-Julien-de-Lampon Saint-Julien-d'Eymet Saint-Just Saint-Laurent-des-Hommes Saint-Laurent-des-Vignes Saint-Laurent-la-Vallée Saint-Léon-d'Issigeac Saint-Léon-sur-l'Isle Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère Saint-Louis-en-l'Isle Saint-Maime-de-Péreyrol Saint-Marcel-du-Périgord Saint-Marcory Saint-Martial-d'Albarède Saint-Martial-d'Artenset Saint-Martial-de-Nabirat Saint-Martial-de-Valette Saint-Martial-Viveyrol Saint-Martin-de-Fressengeas Saint-Martin-de-Gurson Saint-Martin-de-Ribérac Saint-Martin-des-Combes Saint-Martin-l'Astier Saint-Martin-le-Pin Saint-Méard-de-Drône Saint-Méard-de-Gurçon Saint-Médard-de-Mussidan Saint-Médard-d'Excideuil Saint-Mesmin Saint-Michel-de-Double Saint-Michel-de-Montaigne Saint-Michel-de-Villadeix Saint-Nexans Saint-Pancrace Saint-Pantaly-d'Excideuil Saint-Pardoux-de-Drône Saint-Pardoux-et-Vielvic Saint-Pardoux-la-Rivière Saint-Paul-de-Serre Saint-Paul-la-Roche Saint-Paul-Lizonne Saint-Perdoux Saint-Pierre-de-Chignac Saint-Pierre-de-Côle Saint-Pierre-de-Frugie Saint-Pierre-d'Eyraud Saint-Pompont Saint-Priest-les-Fougères Saint Privat en Périgord Saint-Rabier Saint-Raphaël Saint-Rémy Saint-Romain-de-Monpazier Saint-Romain-et-Saint-Clément Saint-Saud-Lacoussière Saint-Sauveur Saint-Sauveur-Lalande Saint-Seurin-de-Prats Saint-Séverin-d'Estissac Saint-Sulpice-de-Roumagnac Saint-Sulpice-d'Excideuil Saint-Victor Saint-Vincent-de-Connezac Saint-Vincent-de-Cosse Saint-Vincent-Jalmoutiers Saint-Vincent-le-Paluel Saint-Vincent-sur-l'Isle Saint-Vivien Salagnac Salignac-Eyvigues Salles-de-Belvès Salon Sanilhac Sarlande Sarlat-la-Canéda Sarliac-sur-l'Isle Sarrazac Saussignac Savignac-de-Miremont Savignac-de-Nontron Savignac-Lédrier Savignac-les-Églises Sceau-Saint-Angel Segonzac Sencenac-Puy-de-Fourches Sergeac Serres-et-Montguyard Servanches Sigoulès Simeyrols Singleyrac Siorac-de-Ribérac Siorac-en-Périgord Sorges-et-Ligueux-en-Périgord Soudat Soulaures Sourzac Tamniès Teillots Temple-Laguyon Terrasson-Lavilledieu Teyjat Thénac Thenon Thiviers Thonac Tocane-Saint-Apre La Tour-Blanche-Cercles Tourtoirac Trélissac Trémolat Tursac Urval Val de Louyre et Caudeau Valeuil Vallereuil Valojoulx Vanxains Varaignes Varennes Vaunac Vélines Vendoire Verdon Vergt Vergt-de-Biron Verteillac Veyrignac Veyrines-de-Domme Veyrines-de-Vergt Vézac Villac Villamblard Villars Villefranche-de-Lonchat Villefranche-du-Périgord Villetoureix Vitrac

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