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Ampus
Wappen von Ampus
Ampus (Frankreich)
Ampus
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
Department (No) Var (83)
Arrondissement Draguignan
Canton Flayosc
Community association Dracénoise
Coordinates 43° 36′ N, 6° 23′ ECoordinates 43° 36′ N, 6° 23′ O
Height 205–1174 m
Area 83,70 km²
Inhabitants 923 (January 1, 2018)
Population density 11 inhabitants/km²
Postal code 83111
INSEE code
Website http://www.mairie-ampus.fr/

Notre Dame Chapel

Ampus is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in north-central France with 923 inhabitants as of 1 January 2018. It belongs to the arrondissement of Draguignan and the canton of Flayosc.

Geography

Ampus is located 14 kilometres north of Draguignan at an altitude of 600 metres above sea level. Not far away is the Nartuby valley with the Gorges de Châteaudouble and a little further north the Lac Sainte-Croix and the Verdon gorge.

Two-thirds of the municipality is made up of mostly wooded mountains, some of which exceed 1 000 metres and are largely part of the Plan de Canjuers military area, or of sloping terrain that descends into the deep valley of the Nartuby river and is cultivated with olive groves. The remaining third is cultivated upland between 600 and 700 metres above sea level, where farming is practised and the village is located.

In total, three quarters of the area is forested, mostly with oak woods and partly with pine woods. Black truffle grows in the oak forests of the area.

History

The name Ampus comes from the Latin emporium (market). In Roman times, an important market was held on the plain

Population development

  • 1962: 345
  • 1968: 389
  • 1975: 439
  • 1982: 534
  • 1990: 622
  • 1999: 707
  • 2008: 871
  • 2015: 943

Places of interest

  • Dolmen of Marenq
  • Stations of the Cross
  • Roche Aiguille

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