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Coat of arms of Bellême
Coat of arms
Bellême is located in France
Country France
Region Lower Normandy
Department Orne
Arrondissement Mortagne-au-Perche
Canton Bellême
 • Mayor Roussel
Area1 1.71 km2 (0.66 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 1,547
 • Density 900/km2 (2,300/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 61038 / 61130
Elevation 162–230 m (531–755 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Bellême is a commune in the Orne department in northwestern France.


  • Location 1
  • Population 2
  • Heraldry 3
  • Sights 4
  • Landscape 5
  • Events 6
  • International relations 7
  • Sports 8


At the heart of the Parc Naturel Régional du Perche, in the Orne Department, Bellême is on a hill that dominates the Perche area.



Arms of Bellême
The arms of Bellême are blazoned :
Sable, a triple-towered keep Or.

Azure semy de lys Or, a bordure gules bezanty (Or).


  • Church of Saint-Sauveur 15th century, 16th century, rebuilt between 1675 and 1710.
  • Crypt of the Saint-Santin Chapel, dating from the tenth century.
  • Château Gatehouse 15th century, and Moat.
  • Remains of the Ramparts, bearing a plaque commemorating the capture of the château and the town by King Saint Louis and his mother, Blanche of Castile in 1229.
  • 17th century and eighteenth century houses.
  • 17th century Hôtel de ville.
  • Sundials on rue du Château, place de la République and place Liègeard.


  • The town is built around the crest of a natural bowl, in which sits an outdoor lido (swimming pool), moto-cross circuit, stables and an expansive 18-hole golf course with adjacent hotel and holiday apartments.


  • Les Mycologiades internationales : Annual international wild mushroom festival.

International relations

Bellême is twinned with:


  • The town's football club, FC Pays Bellêmois, compete in the Ligue de Football Basse-Normandie and the [[Coupe de
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