The old Town Hall
|• Mayor (2008–2020)||Jean-Claude Pistre|
|• Land1||21.11 km2 (8.15 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||54/km2 (140/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||11018 / 11290|
|Elevation||125–425 m (410–1,394 ft)
(avg. 181 m or 594 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.
The inhabitants of the commune are known as Arzenais or Arzenaises.
Arzens is located in the urban area of Carcassonne some 11 km west of the city. Access to the commune is by road D119 from Carcassonne passing west through the north of the commune and continuing to Montréal. Access to the town is by road D38 from Sainte-Eulalie in the north to the town, by road D35 from Villesèquelande in the north-east, and by road D211 from Lavalette in the east which continues to join the D119 in the commune. The D43 road from Montreal in the west to Montclar in the south-east passes through the south of the commune. Road D911 goes south from the town to join the D43 in the commune. The A61 autoroute (European route E80) (Autoroute des Deux Mers) passes through the north of the commune but has no exit with the nearest being Exit 22 at Bram in the west or Exit 23 for Carcassonne west to the east. The south of the commune is mostly forest with the rest of the commune farmland and residential area around the town.
Numerous streams rise in the commune and flow north to join the Canal du Midi which passes east-west north of the commune. From west to east there are the Ruisseau de Saint-Pietre, the Ruisseau de la Mialauque, the Ruisseau de Falga, the Ruisseau d'Aribaud, the Ruisseau de Fontasse, and the Ruisseau du Saut which forms much of the eastern border of the commune.
Argent, the letter A in Gules.
List of Successive Mayors
(Not all data is known)
In 2010 the commune had 1,148 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]
Culture and heritage
Arzens have several structures that are registered as historical monuments. These are:
- Chateau (15th century)
- War Memorial at the Promenade (First World War)
- Fountain of the Republic in the Place de la Mairie (19th century)
Several structures and objects have been registered as historical monuments. These are:
- Monumental Cross (1649)
- Monument to Saint Dominique
- Church of Saint-Genès (13th century)  The church contains many objects registered as historical objects. These are:
Arzens is a stage on the Way of St. James.
- Jean-François de la Rocque de Roberval, Lord of Arzens (close to François I, friend of François Rabelais, head of the last expedition by Jacques Cartier to Québec)
- Achille Laugé, born at Arzens in 1861, died at Cailhau in 1944, pointilist painter, friend of Aristide Maillol
- Arzens on Lion1906
- Arzens on Google Maps
- Arzens on Géoportail, National Geographic Institute (IGN) website (French)
- Arzens on the 1750 Cassini Map
- Arzens on the INSEE website (French)
- INSEE (French)
Notes and references
- At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by Law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002, the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" allows, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For communes with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these communes is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force in 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.
- Inhabitants of Aude (French)
- Google Maps
- List of Mayors of France (French)
- National Commission for Decentralised cooperation (French)
- Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00102541 Chateau (French)
- Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM11000186 War Memorial (French)
- Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM11000188 Fountain of the Republic (French)
- Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00102542 Monumental Cross (French)
- Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM11000185 Monument to Saint Dominique (French)
- Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00102543 Church of Saint-Genès (French)
- Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA11000025 Church of Saint-Genès (French)
- Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM11001716 Altar Cross (French)
- Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM11001715 Reliquary-Monstrance (French)
- Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM11001714 Bronze bell (French)
- Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM11000600 Incense holder and Thurible (French)
- Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM11000599 Casket for holy oil (French)
- Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM11000598 Ciborium (French)
- Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM11000597 Chalice with Paten (French)
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