Vaucluse department

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Coat of arms of the Vaucluse 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 Vaucluse department in France
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region Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur
prefecture Avignon
Sub-prefecture (s) Apt
Residents 559,479 (Jan. 1, 2017)
Population density 157 inhabitants per km²
surface 3,566.75 km²
Arrondissements 3
Community associations 14th
Cantons 17th
Communities 151
President of the
Department Council
Maurice Chabert
ISO-3166-2 code FR-84
Location of the Vaucluse
Location of the department of Vaucluse in the
region d'Azur Provence-Alpes-Cote

The Département Vaucluse [ voˈklyːz ] is the French department with the serial number 84. It is located in the southeast of the country in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region and was named after the source in the place of the same name (today: Fontaine-de-Vaucluse ) .


The Vaucluse department borders on the Gard , Ardèche , Drôme , Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Bouches-du-Rhône departments and, at a few hundred meters, the Var department . The most important river is the Rhone , which marks the western border of the department. The Durance forms the southern border of the department, it flows into the Rhône at Avignon .

The highest point is 1,912  m of Mont Ventoux . The Luberon mountains in the south of the department reach an altitude of 1125  m with the summit of Mourre Nègre .


Previously papal property, Avignon and the Comtat Venaissin came to France on September 14, 1791. From March 28, 1792, these areas formed the two new districts of Avignon in the Bouches-du-Rhône and Carpentras in the Drôme department. On August 12, 1793, the Vaucluse department was established, which included not only the Avignon and Carpentras districts, but also Provencal areas such as the Apt and Orange districts from the Bouches-du-Rhône department and the Sault canton from the Basses department -Alpes came along. The department's border was last changed in 1800 when the commune of Suze-la-Rousse was transferred to the Drôme department, making the Valréas canton an exclave of the Vaucluse department in the Drôme department.

coat of arms

Description: The emblem, which is quartered in red and blue, shows the binding keys in the first field and three golden keys lying down with the beard in the fourth , in the second a golden lily , the symbol of French royalty, under a red three-legged tournament collar and in the third field one green branch with golden globular fruits under a golden shield head with a blue horn .

Administrative division

Communes and arrondissements in the Vaucluse department
Arrondissement Cantons Communities Residents
January 1, 2017
Density of
population / km²
Apt 4th 57 000000000129075.0000000000129.075 1,390.17 000000000000093.000000000093 841
Avignon 8th 17th 000000000214542.0000000000214,542 369.59 000000000000580.0000000000580 842
Carpentras 8th 77 000000000215862.0000000000215,862 1,806.99 000000000000119.0000000000119 843
Vaucluse department 17th 151 000000000559479.0000000000559.479 3,566.75 000000000000157.0000000000157 84

See also:

Places and sights

Well-known places are:


Web links

Commons : Vaucluse  - collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikivoyage: Vaucluse  - travel guide

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Nouveau départemental de Vaucluse et élection du Président. In: Retrieved February 14, 2016 (French).

Coordinates: 43 ° 57 '  N , 4 ° 50'  E