Lot department

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Coat of arms of the Lot department
Finistère Côtes-d’Armor Ille-et-Vilaine Morbihan Loire-Atlantique Vendée Manche Mayenne Orne Calvados Maine-et-Loire Sarthe Indre-et-Loire Vienne Deux-Sèvres Indre Loir-et-Cher Eure Eure-et-Loir Seine-Maritime Oise Aisne Somme Pas-de-Calais Nord Ardennes Marne Meuse Meurthe-et-Moselle Haute-Marne Vosges Moselle Haut-Rhin Bas-Rhin Territoire de Belfort Cher Loiret Yonne Aube Côte-d’Or Nièvre Haute-Saône Essonne Yvelines Seine-et-Marne Val-d’Oise Hauts-de-Seine Val-de-Marne Seine-Saint-Denis Paris Doubs Jura Saône-et-Loire Allier Creuse Haute-Vienne Charente Charente-Maritime Corrèze Dordogne Gironde Puy-de-Dôme Loire Rhône Ain Haute-Savoie Cantal Lot Savoie Haute-Loire Isère Ardèche Landes Lot-et-Garonne Hautes-Alpes Drôme Alpes-Maritimes Var Alpes-de-Haute-Provence Vaucluse Bouches-du-Rhône Gard Hérault Lozère Aveyron Tarn Tarn-et-Garonne Gers Pyrènèes-Atlantiques Hautes-Pyrénées Aude Pyrénées-Orientales Haute-Garonne Ariège Haute-Corse Corse-du-Sud Vereinigtes Königreich Andorra Guernsey Jersey Niederlande Belgien Luxemburg Deutschland Liechtenstein Monaco Österreich Schweiz Italien SpanienLocation of the Lot department in France
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region Occitania
prefecture Cahors
Sub-prefecture (s) Figeac
Residents 173,828 (Jan 1, 2017)
Population density 33 inhabitants per km²
surface 5,216.60 km²
Arrondissements 3
Community associations 10
Cantons 17th
Communities 313
President of the
Department Council
Serge Rigal ( PS )
ISO-3166-2 code FR-46
Location of the Lot
Location of the Lot department in the Occitanie

The Lot [ lɔt ] department is the French department with serial number 46. It is located in the south of the country in the Occitanie region and was named after the Lot River, a tributary of the Garonne .


The Lot department was created on March 4, 1790 from parts of the old French province of Quercy (part of the Guyenne governorate ). In addition, areas further south (especially Montauban ) were added. In 1808, however, these were lost again when the Tarn-et-Garonne department was rebuilt.

It belonged to the Midi-Pyrénées region from 1960 to 2015 , which was added to the Occitania region in 2016 .


Meander neck of the Lot in Luzech

The Lot department borders on the Corrèze , Cantal , Aveyron , Tarn-et-Garonne , Lot-et-Garonne and Dordogne departments . The Lot crosses the département from east to west with numerous meanders , the narrowest meander neck is around 200 m wide in the village of Luzech, which can be impressively observed from numerous vantage points.

In the north of the department, the Dordogne also cuts through the area. Between the two large rivers, in the eastern part of the department, are the Causses , limestone plateaus that are heavily influenced by karst processes .

coat of arms

Description : In red, a silver, black-jointed stone bridge with six arches over a blue corrugated shield base . On the bridge there are five silver, black-jointed, five-pinned towers, rising towards the middle of the bridge, with open arches, above each of which a golden lily hovers at the same distance.

Administrative division

Communes and arrondissements in the Lot department
Arrondissement Cantons Communities Residents
January 1, 2017
Density of
population / km²
Cahors 8th 98 000000000072618.000000000072,618 1,860.96 000000000000039.000000000039 461
Figeac 7th 118 000000000054604.000000000054,604 1,593.32 000000000000034.000000000034 462
Gourdon 7th 97 000000000046606.000000000046,606 1,762.30 000000000000026.000000000026th 463
Lot department 17th 313 000000000173828.0000000000173,828 5,216.60 000000000000033.000000000033 46

See also:

Loss of territory after the creation of the Tarn-et-Garonne department in 1808


Tourism is an essential branch of the economy .

The region's most valuable agricultural product is the truffle , which finds ideal conditions in the oak forests of the Causse.

Also the viticulture in the lower valley of the Lot now plays another important role. Centuries ago, the “black wine” from Cahors was famous among noblemen all over Europe, including the Russian tsars - not least because of its dark red to black color, which made it the darkest red wine on earth.


Archaeological sites:

Web links

Commons : Département Lot  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Des élus au service des Lotois. on lot.fr, accessed January 25, 2016.

Coordinates: 44 ° 34 '  N , 1 ° 35'  E