La Couvertoirade

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La Couvertoirade
Le village de La Couvertoirade vu des remparts.JPG
La Couvertoirade is located in France
La Couvertoirade
La Couvertoirade
Coordinates: 43°54′50″N 3°19′02″E / 43.9139°N 3.3172°E / 43.9139; 3.3172Coordinates: 43°54′50″N 3°19′02″E / 43.9139°N 3.3172°E / 43.9139; 3.3172
Country France
Region Midi-Pyrénées
Department Aveyron
Arrondissement Millau
Canton Nant
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Marie José Laborie
Area1 61.91 km2 (23.90 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 179
 • Density 2.9/km2 (7.5/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 12082 / 12230
Elevation 640–900 m (2,100–2,950 ft)
(avg. 800 m or 2,600 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.

La Couvertoirade is a commune in the Aveyron department in southern France.

Geography[edit]

La Couvertoirade is located on the Larzac plateau.

History and sites of interest[edit]

This well-preserved fortified town was owned by the Knights Templar, under orders from the Commandery of Sainte-Eulalie, from the twelfth century. The Templars built the fortress there during the 12th and 13th centuries; its two upper floors have since been removed. Following their dissolution in 1312, the Templars' property in the causses was taken by the Knights of St John of Jerusalem who were responsible for building the curtain wall at La Couvertoirade between 1439 and 1450.

Like other Larzac villages, the population fell rapidly in the 19th century, to as few as 362 by 1880. Today, it is largely inhabited by craftsmen working with enamel, pottery, weaving and similar crafts.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 98 —    
1968 120 +22.4%
1975 107 −10.8%
1982 134 +25.2%
1990 148 +10.4%
1999 153 +3.4%
2008 179 +17.0%

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