Place:Comtat Venaissin, France

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NameComtat Venaissin
Alt namesComtat-Venaissinsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeHistorical region
Coordinates43.833°N 4.667°E
Located inFrance
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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The Comtat Venaissin (Provençal: lou Coumtat Venessin, Mistralian norm: la Coumtat, classical norm: lo Comtat Venaicin; "County of Venaissin"), often called the Comtat for short was a part of the Papal States in what is now the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of France.

The entire region was an enclave within the Kingdom of France, comprising the area around the city of Avignon (itself always a separate comtat) roughly between the Rhône, the Durance and Mont Ventoux, and a small exclave located to the north around the town of Valréas bought by Pope John XXII. The Comtat also bordered (and mostly surrounded) the Principality of Orange. The region is still known informally as the Comtat Venaissin, although this no longer has any political meaning.

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