Clermont-Ferrand

related topics
{city, large, area}
{church, century, christian}
{country, population, people}
{war, force, army}
{math, energy, light}
{car, race, vehicle}
{day, year, event}
{son, year, death}
{film, series, show}
{city, population, household}
{island, water, area}
{language, word, form}
{area, part, region}
{mi², represent, 1st}
{company, market, business}
{school, student, university}
{system, computer, user}

Clermont-Ferrand

Coordinates: 45°46′59″N 3°04′56″E / 45.783088°N 3.082352°E / 45.783088; 3.082352


Clermont-Ferrand (Auvergnat dialect of Occitan: Clarmont-Ferrand / Clarmont d'Auvèrnhe) is a city and commune of France, in the Auvergne region, with a population of 140,700 (2006). Its metropolitan area had 409,558 inhabitants at the 1999 census. It is the prefecture (capital) of the Puy-de-Dôme department. Serge Godard is the current Mayor of the city.

Clermont-Ferrand sits on the plain of Limagne in the Massif Central and is surrounded by a major industrial area. The city is famous for the chain of volcanoes, the Chaîne des Puys surrounding it. The famous dormant volcano Puy-de-Dôme (10 km from the city) is one of the highest of these and well-known for the telecommunication antennas that sit on its top and are visible from far away.

Clermont-Ferrand is also famous for hosting the world's number one[citation needed] international short-film festival, Festival du Court Metrage de Clermont-Ferrand, as well as the corporate headquarters of Michelin, the famous tire company created more than 100 years ago in the city.

Clermont-Ferrand's most famous public square is place de Jaude, on which stands a grand statue of Vercingetorix sitting imperiously on a horse and holding a glaive. The inscription reads: J'ai pris les armes pour la liberté de tous (English: I took up arms for the liberty of all). This statue was sculpted by Frédéric Bartholdi, who also created the Statue of Liberty.

Recently, Clermont-Ferrand was France's first city to get a new guided light transit system, thereby linking the city's north and south neighbourhoods.

Contents

Full article ▸

related documents
Salisbury
Valencia, Spain
Terrassa
Potsdam
Winchester
Granada
Greenwich
's-Hertogenbosch
Metz
Hoxton
Roskilde
Kottayam district
Salerno
Versailles
Bari
Wiesbaden
Chiswick
Pamplona
Hove
Kentish Town
Ulan Bator
Ripon
Shah Alam
Epping
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Wood Green
Mannheim
Dalston
Kobe
Southgate, London