A general view of Forcalquier, with the Luberon Massif in the background
A general view of Forcalquier, with the Luberon Massif in the background
Coat of arms of Forcalquier
Coat of arms
Location of Forcalquier
Forcalquier is located in France
Forcalquier is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Coordinates: 43°57′36″N 5°46′50″E / 43°57′36″N 5°46′50″E / 43.96; 5.7806UTC+02:00 (CEST)
04088 /04300
Elevation397–904 m (1,302–2,966 ft)
(avg. 550 m or 1,800 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Forcalquier (French pronunciation: ​[fɔʁ.kal.kje]; Occitan: Forcauquier, pronounced [fuɾkɔwˈkje]) is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France.

Forcalquier is located between the Lure and Luberon mountain ranges, about 30 km (19 mi) south of Sisteron and 10 km (6.2 mi) west of the Durance river. During the Middle Ages it was the capital of Haute-Provence.


Furnus Calcarius was the Latin name, from the lime kilns used in Roman times. (A Roman bridge still stands in the valley to the south of the town.) Its Provençal name is Fourcauquié. At the end of the 11th century, a family of the counts of Provence created the county of Forcalquier.

During this time, the town of Forcalquier was the capital of Haute Provence along the Durance, which included the towns of Manosque, Sisteron, Gap and Embrun. Forcalquier minted its own currency, and its church was elevated to the status of a "concathedral".

The counts of Forcalquier grew to a power that could defy the counts of Provence. Rivalry ended in 1195 when Gersende de Sabran, countess of Forcalquier, married Alfonso II, count of Provence. Their son, Ramon Bérenger IV, inherited the two counties.

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