Olargues

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Olargues
Olargues vue generale.JPG
Coat of arms of Olargues
Coat of arms
Olargues is located in France
Olargues
Olargues
Coordinates: 43°33′26″N 2°54′55″E / 43.5572°N 2.9153°E / 43.5572; 2.9153Coordinates: 43°33′26″N 2°54′55″E / 43.5572°N 2.9153°E / 43.5572; 2.9153
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Department Hérault
Arrondissement Béziers
Canton Olargues
Intercommunality Orb et Jaur
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean Arcas
Area
 • Land1 18.6 km2 (7.2 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 603
 • Population2 density 32/km2 (84/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 34187 / 34390
Elevation 148–760 m (486–2,493 ft)
(avg. 183 m or 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.

Olargues is a commune in the Hérault department in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in southern France.

Olargues is a good example of a French Medieval town. It was occupied by the Romans, the Vandals and the Visigoths. At the end of the 11th century the Jaur valley came under the authority of the Château of the Viscount of Minerve. The following centuries saw a succession of wars and epidemics, and it was not until the 18th century that Olargues became re-established. This was due to the prosperity of local agriculture and artisanal industry.

The "Devil's Bridge" is said to date back to 1202 and is reputed to be the scene of transactions between the people of Olargues and the "devil". The old village is clustered around the belltower, which was formerly the main tower of the castle (Romanesque construction). The old shops have marble frontages and overhanging upper storeys. A museum of popular traditions and art is to be found in the stairs of the Commanderie.

Devil's bridge and tower in Orlargues

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1793 1,007 —    
1800 1,037 +3.0%
1806 1,068 +3.0%
1821 1,224 +14.6%
1831 1,298 +6.0%
1836 1,212 −6.6%
1841 1,161 −4.2%
1846 1,143 −1.6%
1851 1,145 +0.2%
1856 1,058 −7.6%
1861 1,017 −3.9%
1866 1,016 −0.1%
1872 1,078 +6.1%
1876 1,040 −3.5%
1881 1,048 +0.8%
1886 1,221 +16.5%
1891 955 −21.8%
1896 909 −4.8%
1901 913 +0.4%
1906 891 −2.4%
1911 864 −3.0%
1921 740 −14.4%
1926 810 +9.5%
1931 822 +1.5%
1936 755 −8.2%
1946 707 −6.4%
1954 622 −12.0%
1962 693 +11.4%
1968 590 −14.9%
1975 518 −12.2%
1982 529 +2.1%
1990 512 −3.2%
1999 571 +11.5%
2008 603 +5.6%

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