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L'Illa de Sòrga  (Occitan)
The village of L
The village of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, with the river in the foreground
Coat of arms of L
Location of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
Coordinates: 43°55′12″N 5°03′18″E / 43.9199°N 5.0549°E / 43.9199; 5.0549Coordinates: 43°55′12″N 5°03′18″E / 43.9199°N 5.0549°E / 43.9199; 5.0549
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
IntercommunalityPays des Sorgues et des Monts de Vaucluse
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Pierre Gonzalvez[1] (LR)
44.57 km2 (17.21 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2019)[2]
 • Density450/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
84054 /84800
Elevation52–246 m (171–807 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (French pronunciation: ​[lil syʁ la sɔʁɡ]; Occitan: L'Illa de Sòrga [ˈlilɔ de ˈsɔʀɡɔ] or L'Illa de Venissa [ˈlilɔ de veˈnisɔ]) is a town and commune on the Sorgue river in Southeastern France. Politically, the commune is in the arrondissement of Avignon within the department of Vaucluse, in the région of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

The small town is famous for its many antique shops and hosts antique markets most Sundays. It has many waterside cafés and restaurants, all within walking distance of each other. Its many attractive water wheels throughout the town are still in working order.

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue had a population of 20,042 as of 2019. It is twinned with the towns of Penicuik in the United Kingdom and Anagni in Italy.


One of the several water wheels in the town
One of the several water wheels in the town

Originally known as "Insula", the town officially adopted the name of "L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue" on 18 August 1890, taking the latter part of its name from the river Sorgue, to which it owed much. As early as the 12th century, the river served defensively as a moat around ramparts which surrounded the town until 1795. The river also served as a source of food and industry: fishing and artisan mills for oil, wheat, silk, paper, woolenry, rugs and dyeing. A busy commerce developed until there were two annual fairs and two weekly markets. The current Sunday open-air market originated on 9 November 1596.


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1793 5,000—    
1800 5,155+0.44%
1806 5,170+0.05%
1821 5,812+0.78%
1831 6,052+0.41%
1836 6,277+0.73%
1841 6,262−0.05%
1846 6,392+0.41%
1851 6,503+0.34%
1856 6,500−0.01%
1861 6,517+0.05%
1866 6,478−0.12%
1872 6,337−0.37%
1876 6,508+0.67%
1881 6,208−0.94%
1886 6,317+0.35%
1891 6,003−1.01%
1896 6,266+0.86%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1901 6,514+0.78%
1906 6,462−0.16%
1911 6,062−1.27%
1921 5,739−0.55%
1926 6,134+1.34%
1931 6,396+0.84%
1936 6,505+0.34%
1946 6,922+0.62%
1954 7,590+1.16%
1962 8,704+1.73%
1968 9,740+1.89%
1975 11,508+2.41%
1982 12,728+1.45%
1990 15,564+2.55%
1999 16,971+0.97%
2007 18,799+1.29%
2012 18,902+0.11%
2017 19,421+0.54%
Source: EHESS[3] and INSEE (1968-2017)[4]

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See also


  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires"., Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.
  3. ^ Des villages de Cassini aux communes d'aujourd'hui: Commune data sheet L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, EHESS. (in French)
  4. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE

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