Chaudes-Aigues

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Chaudes-Aigues
Source of the Par and museum
Source of the Par and museum
Coat of arms of Chaudes-Aigues
Coat of arms
Chaudes-Aigues is located in France
Chaudes-Aigues
Chaudes-Aigues
Coordinates: 44°51′19″N 3°00′17″E / 44.8553°N 3.0047°E / 44.8553; 3.0047Coordinates: 44°51′19″N 3°00′17″E / 44.8553°N 3.0047°E / 44.8553; 3.0047
Country France
Region Auvergne
Department Cantal
Arrondissement Saint-Flour
Canton Chaudes-Aigues
Intercommunality Caldaguès-Aubrac
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Madeleine Baumgartner
Area
 • Land1 53.16 km2 (20.53 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 954
 • Population2 density 18/km2 (46/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 15045 / 15110
Elevation 637–1,280 m (2,090–4,199 ft)
(avg. 750 m or 2,460 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.

Chaudes-Aigues (French: [ʃodzɛɡ]; Occitan: Chaudas Aigas) is a commune in the Cantal department in south-central France. It is a spa town, famous for its hot spring waters.

Geography[edit]

The commune is situated in the Massif Central in Aubrac. Its inhabitants are called the Caldaguès, from the Latin meaning 'hot waters', or in French, eaux chaudes; hence the name of the commune, Chaudes-Aigues

As its name suggests, there are thirty natural hot water sources with temperatures ranging from 45° to more than 80°. The most famous is the source of the Par river with a water temperature of 82° - the hottest in Europe - with a flow in the region of 450,000 litres a day. The odds are that the source so-named because a pig was dressed (paré) or jointed thanks to the hot water. The waters are used all year round. In winter, they provide heat for houses and the church; from spring the waters are channeled to the spa for the treatment of rheumatics.

The Remontalou crosses the commune.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1962 1,218 —    
1968 1,114 −8.5%
1975 1,187 +6.6%
1982 1,186 −0.1%
1990 1,110 −6.4%
1999 986 −11.2%
2008 954 −3.2%

Sights[edit]

The Château de Couffour is a ruined castle, dating back to the 15th century, situated in the commune.

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