Rochefort-du-Gard

Rochefort-du-Gard is a commune in the Gard department in southern France.

Rochefort-du-Gard
Town hall

Coat of arms
Location of Rochefort-du-Gard
Rochefort-du-Gard
Rochefort-du-Gard
Coordinates: 43°58′30″N 4°41′27″E
CountryFrance
RegionOccitanie
DepartmentGard
ArrondissementNîmes
CantonVilleneuve-lès-Avignon
IntercommunalityCA Grand Avignon
Government
  Mayor (2008) Patrick Vacaris
Area
1
34.03 km2 (13.14 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
7,673
  Density230/km2 (580/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
30217 /30650
Elevation48–267 m (157–876 ft)
(avg. 56 m or 184 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Population

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1962783    
1968910+16.2%
19751,128+24.0%
19822,018+78.9%
19904,107+103.5%
19995,821+41.7%
20086,930+19.1%

Culture

Rochefort-du-Gard is integrated into Occitanie but naturally rooted in Provence. It depends on the economic area of Avignon.

With its 42 associations, it enjoys a great number of cultural and sporting events. Nearly 3000 people come to see the "Grand Aïoli," held on the Monday after the village festival.

Wine

Rochefort-du-Gard is well-renowned for its AOC Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages Signargues, one of the best appellation of the southern part of the Rhône Valley. The different soils, micro-climates and vines provide an ideal habitat for this prestigious appellation. Everything was set in motion to achieve optimum results: full-bodied wines combining force and elegance yet retaining the uniqueness of terroir through a complex pallet of aromas.

Sights

Rochefort du Gard is well known for its well-preserved historic monuments:

  • Le Castelas, a fully renovated Romanesque chapel from the tenth century, which towers above the village
  • The Sanctuary of Notre Dame, built under Charlemagne's rule in 798. The chapel, the nave, the choir, the baroque altar, the museum of thanksgiving plaques, the hall of echoes, and the Grand Calvary are all worth the visit
  • The church of Saint Bardulphe, a neo-Gothic parish church which was renovated in 1981 and 1988
  • The town hall, a former chapel built from 1729 to 1934
  • The wash-house with its Doric columns. It was completed in 1807 and entirely renovated in 1999

See also

References

  1. "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.


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