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|Intercommunality||Pays de Tarascon|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Georges Rouzaud|
|Area1||18.76 km2 (7.24 sq mi)|
|• Density||5.7/km2 (15/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||09192 / 09400|
|Elevation||600–1,903 m (1,969–6,243 ft)
(avg. 850 m or 2,790 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.
It is located in the former High Ariege in the High County Foix, Sabarthès.
The valley opens to the northwest Vicdessos valley at Capoulet, and to the south it forms a large bowl. The valley has an average altitude of 810 metres (2,660 ft).
The limits of the Barony under the former regime were almost the same as those of today. During the revolutionary period the municipality escaped fragmentation.
The ruins of the chateau is perched atop a limestone outcrop 750 metres (2,460 ft) high, just a couple ot kilometres upstream from the prehistoric caves at Niaux and the commune of Capoulet, in the valley of Vicdessos. It was built towards the beginning of the 13th century, later razed by Cardinal Richelieu and largely damaged at the time of the French Revolution.
In 1830, Jean-Louis Hycinthe de Vendômois, heir to the place, saw his residence plundered during the Guerre des Demoiselles (1829–1832) while opposing the peasants of Ariège with Charles X of France. The château is currently being restored.
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