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Prefecture building of the Lot department, in Cahors
Location of Lot in France
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|• President of the General Council||Gérard Miquel|
|• Total||5,217 km2 (2,014 sq mi)|
|• Density||33/km2 (85/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2|
Lot (French pronunciation: [lɔt]; Occitan: Òlt) is a department in the southwest of France named after the Lot River.
Lot is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from part of the province of Languedoc. In 1808 some of the original southeastern cantons were separated from it to form the department of Tarn-et-Garonne. It originally extended much farther to the south and included the city of Montauban.
Lot is part of the region of Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées and is surrounded by the departments of Corrèze, Cantal, Aveyron, Tarn-et-Garonne, Lot-et-Garonne, and Dordogne.
Communes in Lot
For a full list, see Communes of the Lot department. Settlements in the Lot include:
- Cahors - a large town known internationally for its production of Cahors wine
- Figeac - a medieval town where Champollion, the first translator of Egyptian hieroglyphics, is born
- Frayssinet-le-Gélat - a small village close to Prayssac
- Prayssac - a town of approximately 3,000 residents
The Lot river
Lot in popular culture
- French singer-songwriter Léo Ferré lived in the Lot for a while.
- At Home in France, by Ann Barry; a humorous account of owning a vacation cottage in Lot
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lot (département).|
- (French) Prefecture website
- (French) General council website
- (English) hiking the Tour du Lot
- (French) CazalRando groupe de randonnée pédestre website