Bize-Minervois

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Bize-Minervois
Bize Minervois.jpg
Bize-Minervois is located in France
Bize-Minervois
Bize-Minervois
Coordinates: 43°19′07″N 2°52′16″E / 43.3186°N 2.871°E / 43.3186; 2.871Coordinates: 43°19′07″N 2°52′16″E / 43.3186°N 2.871°E / 43.3186; 2.871
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Department Aude
Arrondissement Narbonne
Canton Ginestas
Intercommunality Canal du Midi en Minervois
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Alain Fabre
Area1 20.80 km2 (8.03 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 1,061
 • Density 51/km2 (130/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 11041 / 11120
Elevation 34–323 m (112–1,060 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.

Bize-Minervois is a commune in the Aude department in southern France.

Geography[edit]

Located on the edge of the Haut-Minervois in the Cesse valley, Bize lies between the fertile sedimentary plain of Narbonne and the causses of the Minervois and the Montagne Noire. Bize is situated approximately 3 km north of the D5 between Olonzac and Capestang. Bize is a small village with a population approximately 1,000 where a quarter of the houses are second homes.

History[edit]

Bize is first mentioned in 911 in the will of man named Walcharius who left the lands of the parish of Saint-Saturnin of Bizan to the Archbishop of Narbonne. During the religious wars of the 16th century Bize changed hands many times and in 1573 was fortified as a protestant stronghold against the catholic Bishops of Narbonne.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 1,025 —    
1800 903 −11.9%
1806 1,037 +14.8%
1821 1,106 +6.7%
1831 1,065 −3.7%
1836 1,135 +6.6%
1841 1,166 +2.7%
1846 978 −16.1%
1851 1,170 +19.6%
1856 1,148 −1.9%
1861 1,210 +5.4%
1866 1,280 +5.8%
1872 1,226 −4.2%
1876 1,419 +15.7%
1881 1,634 +15.2%
1886 1,492 −8.7%
1891 1,483 −0.6%
1896 1,496 +0.9%
1901 1,551 +3.7%
1906 1,491 −3.9%
1911 1,459 −2.1%
1921 1,455 −0.3%
1926 1,318 −9.4%
1931 1,324 +0.5%
1936 1,253 −5.4%
1946 1,231 −1.8%
1954 1,032 −16.2%
1962 1,004 −2.7%
1968 1,001 −0.3%
1975 921 −8.0%
1982 783 −15.0%
1990 807 +3.1%
1999 872 +8.1%
2008 1,061 +21.7%

Sights[edit]

  • Caves Las Fonts (Moulin) - Paleolithic caves, now a classified monument where prehistoric remains were discovered in 1827 by French archaeologist and scientist Paul Tournal, founder of the Narbonne Museum.[1]
  • La Porte Saint Michel 1236 - the main gate in to the village coming from the direction of Narbonne. A second gate, La Porte St Croix - the entrance from the direction Argeliers, Minerve and Saint-Pons - was demolished in the 19th century to allow easier passage for carts.
  • The church of Saint-Michel (18th century)

Events[edit]

  • 'Fete d l'olivier' - Festival of Olives is held annually in July[2]
  • General market every Wednesday morning throughout the year

Amenities[edit]

Bize has a butcher, baker, two general stores, post office, hairdressers, newsagents, sweet shop and a wine cave. There is also a bar and several restaurants. Sporting facilities include a boulodrome, football pitches (home of Bize FC), tennis courts and in the summer the Cesse is dammed to create a freshwater swimming hole.

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