Utelle (Occitan: Uels) is a commune about 40 miles (64 km) northeast of Nice in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France.

Utelle
A view of Utelle from a nearby hillside
A view of Utelle from a nearby hillside
Coat of arms of Utelle
Coat of arms
Location of Utelle
Utelle is located in France
Utelle
Utelle
Utelle is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Utelle
Utelle
Coordinates: 43°55′07″N 7°14′53″E / 43.9186°N 7.2481°E / 43.9186; 7.2481Coordinates: 43°55′07″N 7°14′53″E / 43.9186°N 7.2481°E / 43.9186; 7.2481
CountryFrance
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
DepartmentAlpes-Maritimes
ArrondissementNice
CantonTourrette-Levens
IntercommunalityMétropole Nice Côte d'Azur
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Bernard Cortes
Area
1
67.97 km2 (26.24 sq mi)
Population
 (2017-01-01)[1]
873
 • Density13/km2 (33/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
06151 /06450
Elevation126–2,080 m (413–6,824 ft)
(avg. 800 m or 2,600 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

GeographyEdit

It is perched on a hill along the Vesubie Gorge not far from the Mercantour National Park.

SightsEdit

Formerly an agricultural village planted with numerous olive trees, the village is near the Madonne d'Utelle, a chapel that serves as an annual pilgrimage site for local Catholics. In their 1997 book "The Templar Revelation," Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince mention (on pg. 82) "the old Templar town of Utelle, whose medieval houses still bear the esoteric sigils of the alchemists..." It is one of sixteen villages grouped together by the Métropole Nice Côte d'Azur tourist department as the Route des Villages Perchés (Route of Perched Villages). The others are: Aspremont, Carros, Castagniers, Coaraze, Colomars, Duranus, Èze, Falicon, La Gaude, Lantosque, Levens, La Roquette-sur-Var, Saint-Blaise, Saint-Jeannet and Tourrette-Levens.[2]

PopulationEdit

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1962506—    
1968516+2.0%
1975451−12.6%
1982398−11.8%
1990456+14.6%
1999488+7.0%
2008693+42.0%

See alsoEdit

Communes of the Alpes-Maritimes department

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2017". INSEE. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  2. ^ "The route of perched villages" (PDF). Métropole Nice Côte d'Azur. 2013.

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