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Vaucluse (Department, France)

Last modified: 2006-07-22 by ivan sache
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Flag of the General Council of Vaucluse - Image by Ivan Sache, 1 December 2004

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Administrative data

Code: 84
Region: Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur
Traditional provinces: Comtat Venaissin, Provence
Bordering departments: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Hautes-Alpes, Ardèche, Bouches-du-Rhône, Drôme, Gard

Area: 3,567 km2 (including the canton of Valréas, enclaved in the department of Drôme)
Population (1995): 489,600 inhabitants

Préfecture: Avignon
Sous-préfectures: Apt, Carpentras
Subdivisions: 2 arrondissements, 24 cantons, 151 communes.

The department is named after mounts and fontaine of Vaucluse, the source of the river Sorgue, a resurgence springing in a narrow closed valley (Vallis Clausa), which inspired the Italian poet Petrarch.

History of the department of Vaucluse

The department of Vaucluse was created as the (then) 87th French department by Decree of 25 June 1793. It incorporates the following former entities:

  • Comtat d'Avignon
  • Comtat Venaissin
  • Principality of Orange
  • Viguerie of Apt (a viguerie, administrated by a viguier, was an administrative division in Provence).
  • County of Sault
  • Viguerie of Forcalquier (pro parte).

In 1800, the canton of Suze was incorporated to the department of Drôme, recreating the enclave of Valréas. The four villages of Valréas, Grillon, Richerenches and Visan constitute what is known as the Papal Enclave, which forms an exclave of Vaucluse enclaved in Drôme.

Ivan Sache, 7 December 2002

Flag of the General Council of Vaucluse

The logotype of the General Council of Vaucluse is made of a blue square charged with a "fuzzy" white V. A dark yellow vertical stripe is placed along the left side of the square, from which it is separated by a white fimbriation. Conseil général de Vaucluse is written in blue beneath the square.
The flag of the General Council of Vaucluse is made of the logotype described above placed on a white field.

Iconographical sources:

Ivan Sache, 1 December 2004