Bessines-sur-Gartempe

Bessines-sur-Gartempe (Limousin: Becinas) is a commune in the Haute-Vienne department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in western France.

Bessines-sur-Gartempe
Saint-Léger church

Coat of arms
Location of Bessines-sur-Gartempe
Bessines-sur-Gartempe
Bessines-sur-Gartempe
Coordinates: 46°06′35″N 1°22′10″E
CountryFrance
RegionNouvelle-Aquitaine
DepartmentHaute-Vienne
ArrondissementBellac
CantonAmbazac
IntercommunalityPorte d'Occitanie
Government
  Mayor (20082014) Andrea Soyer
Area
1
55.41 km2 (21.39 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
2,879
  Density52/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
87014 /87250
Elevation250–533 m (820–1,749 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Geography

The river Semme forms part of the commune's north-eastern border, flows westward through the northern part of the commune, north of Morterolles-sur-Semmes, a hamlet, then forms part of the commune's north-western border.

The river Gartempe forms part of the commune's eastern border, flows westward through the middle of the commune, north of Bessines-sur-Gartempe, the main village, then forms part of the commune's western border.

Inhabitants are known as Bessinauds.

Culture

In the late 20th century, the community's local band, a traveling chamber orchestra known as "La Banda de Bessines" ("The Bessines Band"), gained some national repute, winning French National Band Championships in 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, and 2005.[2]

Bessines sur Gartempe has also been awarded the prestigious "Village d'Etape" status.[3]

People

The painter Suzanne Valadon was born in the village in 1865.

See also

References

  1. "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. "Banda de Bessines website". Retrieved 2010-06-17.
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2010-07-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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