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Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat ( ) is a village and commune of the Haute-Viennemarker département, in the Limousinmarker région of Francemarker.

Perched on a hill above the river Viennemarker, the town is named after Saint Leonard of Noblac, who, as legend suggests, was responsible for the liberation of many prisoners in 11th century France.

Demographics

At the 1999 census, the population was . On 1 January 2004, the estimate was .

Inhabitants are known as Miaulétous.

Sights

The Saint-Léonard Church of Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat is listed as a UNESCOmarker World Heritage Site as part of the World Heritage Sites of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela in Francemarker.

Lajoumardmarker, a village that administratively depends of Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat, is one of the oldest villages in Limousin.

People linked to the commune

Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat is the hometown of famous chemist and physicist, Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac.

Another famous inhabitant is Raymond Poulidor, the legendary bike racer considered to be the most popular one France ever had. He is in his seventies now and is known as "the eternal second". Despite beginning as a favourite in several Tours de France, he persistently failed to win. He often lost against his biggest rival, Jacques Anquetil, who won the Tour five times. Later on, he competed with Eddy Merckx, who also won five times. Raymond's most famous victory was the classic Milan - Sanremo.

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