|• Mayor (2001–2008)||Alain Barrès|
|• Land1||57.84 km2 (22.33 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||31395 / 31600|
|Elevation||152–305 m (499–1,001 ft)
(avg. 169 m or 554 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 an outer suburb of the city of Toulouse, even though it does not belong to Greater Toulouse, which it has declined to join. It lies southwest of Toulouse and is the largest component of the intercommunality of Muretain.
De Montfort had been fighting Albigensian heretics during the Albigensian Crusade, when he was besieged by the vastly superior coalition army. Refusing to surrender or be starved into submission, de Montfort went on the offensive. Leading his knights out of the town, he proceeded to position them in a wide arc, then fell upon the Toulouse cavalry with a noise like a whole forest going down under the axe. Next to fall before the Crusader army was the Aragonian cavalry, where King Pere himself fell to the sword. After this, all that was left was to scatter the remaining cavalry defending the coalition camp before turning on the infantry that had been besieging Muret's walls. Despite their overwhelming advantage in numbers,the coalition army numbering almost 34,000 men was destroyed by de Montfort's army of only 2,100. The siege of Muret was lifted.
7,000-20,000 coalition troops were killed compared to a handful of casualties for de Monfort's army.
The Garonne flows north through the commune and forms part of its northern border.
South of Muret, there is a mediumwave broadcasting station, which works on 945 kHz with 300 kW.
Muret is twinned with:
- Battle of Muret
- Communes of the Haute-Garonne department
- Parc naturel régional des Landes de Gascogne
- www.culture.gouv.fr, accessed 17 March 2008
- Official website (in French)
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