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Digne

 

Digne

"Digne" redirects here. For the French footballer, see Lucas Digne.
Digne-les-Bains

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Digne-les-Bains
Digne-les-Bains

Coordinates: 44°05′36″N 6°14′11″E / 44.0933°N 6.2364°E / 44.0933; 6.2364Coordinates: 44°05′36″N 6°14′11″E / 44.0933°N 6.2364°E / 44.0933; 6.2364

Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
Arrondissement Digne-les-Bains
Intercommunality Trois Vallées
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Serge Gloaguen
Area
 • Land1 117.07 km2 (45.20 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 17,268
 • Population2 density 150/km2 (380/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 04070 / 04000
Elevation 524–1,731 m (1,719–5,679 ft)
(avg. 608 m or 1,995 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Digne-les-Bains (French: [diɲ le bɛ̃]) or simply and historically Digne (Occitan: Dinha (dei Banhs) in classical norm or Digno in Mistralian norm) is a commune of France, capital of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department.

History

Digne-les-Bains dates back to the Neolithic era and became a frequent commercial stop during the Roman era. Since then, the commune has been noted for being a primary center of the lavender trade.

Geography

The Bléone flows southwest through the middle of the commune and crosses the town; it forms part of the commune's northeastern and southwestern borders.

Population

Cultural references

Victor Hugo's novel Les Misérables begins in Digne. The asteroid 10088 Digne was named after the town by its discoverer, Belgian astronomer Eric Walter Elst.

Sights

International relations

Digne is twinned with:

Notable people

See also

References

  • INSEE

External links

  • City council website (French)
  • Tourist office website (French)
  • Ville de Digne-les-Bains (French)
  • Map and Information
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