Lagrasse

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Lagrasse
Lagrasse pont vieux.jpg
Coat of arms of Lagrasse
Coat of arms
Lagrasse is located in France
Lagrasse
Lagrasse
Coordinates: 43°05′28″N 2°37′10″E / 43.091°N 2.6195°E / 43.091; 2.6195Coordinates: 43°05′28″N 2°37′10″E / 43.091°N 2.6195°E / 43.091; 2.6195
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Department Aude
Arrondissement Carcassonne
Canton Lagrasse
Intercommunality Canton de Lagrasse
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) René Ortega
Area
 • Land1 32.2 km2 (12.4 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 599
 • Population2 density 19/km2 (48/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 11185 / 11220
Elevation 82–586 m (269–1,923 ft)
(avg. 108 m or 354 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.

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

Lagrasse is part of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France association ("The most beautiful villages of France").[1]

Geography[edit]

Lagrasse is about 30 km (19 mi) southeast of Carcassonne. It lies in the valley of the River Orbieu, at the foot of the Pyrenees.

History[edit]

Lagrasse dates from the time the abbey was built. Permission for the construction was given by Charlemagne in 783.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1962 622 —    
1968 665 +6.9%
1975 623 −6.3%
1982 696 +11.7%
1990 704 +1.1%
1999 615 −12.6%
2006 603 −2.0%
2008 599 −0.7%

Sights[edit]

The two highlights of the village are the eponymous Abbey[2] and the bridges, although the narrow medieval streets of the village itself are also very attractive, and remains of the town walls can still be seen.

Economy[edit]

The region is renowned for the wine produced in the surrounding hills - this is the Corbières wine region, the largest wine-producing region in France.

The village is now home to numerous pottery workers and artists.

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