Gardie, Aude

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Gardie
Coat of arms of Gardie
Coat of arms
Gardie is located in France
Gardie
Gardie
Coordinates: 43°04′32″N 2°18′00″E / 43.0756°N 2.3°E / 43.0756; 2.3Coordinates: 43°04′32″N 2°18′00″E / 43.0756°N 2.3°E / 43.0756; 2.3
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Department Aude
Arrondissement Limoux
Canton Saint-Hilaire
Intercommunality Limouxin et Saint-Hilairois
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Rosylin Garrabou
Area
 • Land1 4.65 km2 (1.80 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 104
 • Population2 density 22/km2 (58/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 11161 / 11250
Elevation 174–345 m (571–1,132 ft)
(avg. 230 m or 750 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.

Gardie is a commune in the Aude department in southern France.

Geography[edit]

It is a small hilltop village on the edge of the Barris stream valley. It is in the Canton of St Hilaire, 4 km away.

History[edit]

The village has Roman origins and was named Gardiaco. It was probably built as a guardpost for the nearby St Hilaire Abbey.

The centre of the village has a Circulade, a circle of old houses that would have originally been built around the perimeter of the now missing chateau as a defensive feature. It was possible to circumvent the village through the attics of these houses. The church has a small tower topped by a cast iron frame cap and bells.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1962 130 —    
1968 160 +23.1%
1975 132 −17.5%
1982 112 −15.2%
1990 95 −15.2%
1999 101 +6.3%
2008 104 +3.0%

Economy[edit]

Gardie is a farming village with the main crop being grapes. Most of the grapes go to produce the famous Blanquette de Limoux or Limoux A.O.C. red wine.

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