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Moissac is a commune in the Tarn-et-Garonne department in the Occitanie region in southern France. The town is situated at the confluence of the rivers Garonne and Tarn at the Canal de Garonne. Route nationale N113 was constructed through the town and between Valence-d'Agen and Castelsarrasin.

Moissac
Cloister of the Saint-Pierre abbey
Cloister of the Saint-Pierre abbey
Coat of arms of Moissac
Coat of arms
Location of Moissac
Moissac is located in France
Moissac
Moissac
Moissac is located in Occitanie
Moissac
Moissac
Coordinates: 44°06′20″N 1°05′10″E / 44.1056°N 1.0861°E / 44.1056; 1.0861Coordinates: 44°06′20″N 1°05′10″E / 44.1056°N 1.0861°E / 44.1056; 1.0861
CountryFrance
RegionOccitanie
DepartmentTarn-et-Garonne
ArrondissementCastelsarrasin
CantonMoissac
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Jean-Paul Nunzi
Area
1
85.95 km2 (33.19 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
12,990
 • Density150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
82112 /82200
Elevation59–199 m (194–653 ft)
(avg. 76 m or 249 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

HistoryEdit

Initially Moissac was part of the department of Lot. In 1808 Napoleon decreed the city be attached to the new department of Tarn-et-Garonne.[2] It was the chief town of the district from 1800 to 1926.

Moissac was heavily damaged in March 1930 by flooding of the Tarn, which devastated much of southwestern France. It was counted as a 100-year flood. One hundred twenty people were reported to have died in the city.[3]

Moissac AbbeyEdit

Moissac is known internationally for the artistic heritage preserved in the medieval Moissac Abbey.[citation needed] This church is a site on the World Heritage Site Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France.[citation needed]

WaterwaysEdit

 
Hotel le Moulin de Moissac, in operation since 1474.

There are important waterways in Moissac: the Tarn flows through the centre of town, as does the Canal de Garonne (formerly Canal latéral à la Garonne), the extension of the Canal du Midi from Toulouse to Bordeaux. Together, these two canals are sometimes known as the Canal des deux mers (lit. canal of the two seas) connecting the Atlantic Ocean with the Mediterranean Sea.

Twin townsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ 'Naissance du département de Tarn-et-Garonne' at Archived 2008-12-04 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Max Lagarrigue,"L’inondation du siècle, mars 1930", in "Les Caprices du Temps," revue Arkheia, n°21, Montauban, 2009.

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