Bellême (French pronunciation: [bɛlɛm] (listen)) is a commune in the Orne department in northwestern France.[2] The musicologist Guillaume André Villoteau (1759–1839) was born in Bellême, as was Aristide Boucicaut (1810-1877), owner of Le Bon Marché, the world's first department store. This town is possibly the origin of the English and French surname Bellamy.

Bellême
An aerial view of Bellême
An aerial view of Bellême
Coat of arms of Bellême
Location of Bellême
Bellême is located in France
Bellême
Bellême
Bellême is located in Normandy
Bellême
Bellême
Coordinates: 48°22′38″N 0°33′41″E / 48.3772°N 0.5614°E / 48.3772; 0.5614Coordinates: 48°22′38″N 0°33′41″E / 48.3772°N 0.5614°E / 48.3772; 0.5614
CountryFrance
RegionNormandy
DepartmentOrne
ArrondissementMortagne-au-Perche
CantonCeton
Government
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Rémy Tessier
Area
1
1.71 km2 (0.66 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2019)[1]
1,468
 • Density860/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
61038 /61130
Elevation162–230 m (531–755 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

LocationEdit

At the heart of the Parc Naturel Régional du Perche, in the Orne Department, Bellême is on a hill that dominates the Perche area.

PopulationEdit

Historical population
YearPop.±%
17932,771—    
18002,708−2.3%
18062,862+5.7%
18213,103+8.4%
18363,263+5.2%
18413,143−3.7%
18463,350+6.6%
18513,126−6.7%
18563,130+0.1%
18613,153+0.7%
18663,108−1.4%
18723,199+2.9%
18762,935−8.3%
18812,825−3.7%
18862,656−6.0%
18912,563−3.5%
18962,599+1.4%
YearPop.±%
19012,627+1.1%
19062,338−11.0%
19112,187−6.5%
19211,944−11.1%
19261,992+2.5%
19311,938−2.7%
19361,792−7.5%
19461,697−5.3%
19541,627−4.1%
19621,844+13.3%
19681,742−5.5%
19751,843+5.8%
19821,849+0.3%
19901,788−3.3%
19991,774−0.8%
20091,547−12.8%

HeraldryEdit

The arms of Bellême are blazoned :
Sable, a triple-towered keep Or.

or
Azure semy de lys Or, a bordure gules bezanty (Or).



SightsEdit

  • Church of Saint-Sauveur 15th century, 16th century, rebuilt between 1675 and 1710.
  • Crypt of the Saint-Santin Chapel, dating from the tenth century.
  • Château gatehouse 15th century, and moat.
  • Remains of the ramparts, bearing a plaque commemorating the capture of the château and the town by King Saint Louis and his mother, Blanche of Castile in 1229.
  • 17th century and eighteenth century houses.
  • 17th century Hôtel de ville.
  • Sundials on rue du Château, place de la République and place Liègeard.

LandscapeEdit

  • The town is built around the crest of a natural bowl, in which sits an outdoor lido (swimming pool), moto-cross circuit, stables and an expansive 18-hole golf course with adjacent hotel and holiday apartments.

EventsEdit

  • Les Mycologiades internationales : Annual international wild mushroom festival.

International relationsEdit

Bellême is twinned with:

SportsEdit

  • The town's football club, FC Pays Bellêmois, compete in the Ligue de Football Basse-Normandie and the Coupe de France, playing their home games at the town's Terrain Intercommunal.
  • Moto Club Bellêmois hosts motocross events that welcome an international field of competitors.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.
  2. ^ INSEE commune file

External linksEdit