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Châteauneuf-du-Pape coat of arms
Châteauneuf-du-Pape (France)
region Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur
Department Vaucluse
Arrondissement Carpentras
Canton Sorgues
Community association Pays Réuni d'Orange
Coordinates 44 ° 3 ′  N , 4 ° 50 ′  E Coordinates: 44 ° 3 ′  N , 4 ° 50 ′  E
height 20-130 m
surface 25.85 km 2
Residents 2,116 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 82 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 84230
INSEE code

View from the castle ruins on Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a French commune with 2,116 inhabitants (at January 1, 2017) in the department of Vaucluse in the region Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur . Two kilometers from the Rhone , Châteauneuf-du-Pape is 120 meters above sea level . The landmark is the ruins of the castle of the Popes of Avignon. Since September 1995 there has been a partnership with today's papal summer residence Castel Gandolfo . A partnership with the German municipality of Auggen has existed since June 3, 1977 .


Ruins of the former papal summer residence

The place was first mentioned in 1094 as castro novo . In 1157, Friedrich Barbarossa confirmed the donation of the neighboring village of Bedarrides and its surroundings to the Bishop of Avignon in 908. In 1213 the place was called Châteauneuf Calcernier . This name refers to the important lime production and remained the official name until 1893. Châteauneuf experienced a great boost from the Popes of Avignon . John XXII. , previously Bishop of Avignon, began construction work on his summer residence in Châteauneuf in 1318 at the latest, which was not completed until 1333. The papal castle was destroyed in the religious wars of the 16th century. The Archbishops of Avignon had their residence restored several times, but lost interest in it in the 18th century and leased their property to the Irish Baron Jean de Power. The place Châteauneuf came to France in 1791, until then it belonged to the independent territory of the bishops or archbishops of Avignon.

Population development

year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2008 2017
Residents 1,948 2159 2113 2060 2062 2078 2116 2116
Sources: Cassini and INSEE


Typical vineyard near Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In the background the historic Château des Fines Roches.

The climate is hot and dry. The annual average is 2800 hours of sunshine and the average rainfall is 620 mm. The mistral blows 130 days a year .


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