Saissac

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Saissac
France-Saissac-vue d'ensemble.jpg
Coat of arms of Saissac
Coat of arms
Saissac is located in France
Saissac
Saissac
Coordinates: 43°21′42″N 2°10′10″E / 43.3617°N 2.1694°E / 43.3617; 2.1694Coordinates: 43°21′42″N 2°10′10″E / 43.3617°N 2.1694°E / 43.3617; 2.1694
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Department Aude
Arrondissement Carcassonne
Canton Saissac
Intercommunality Cabardès Montagne Noire
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Odile Seigne
Area
 • Land1 57.03 km2 (22.02 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 981
 • Population2 density 17/km2 (45/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 11367 / 11310
Elevation 166–742 m (545–2,434 ft)
(avg. 500 m or 1,600 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.

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

Geography[edit]

The village is perched in the foothills of the Black Mountain at an altitude of 467 m and boasts stunning views of the Vernassonne Gorge as well as the valley plain which stretches between Carcassonne and Castelnaudary.

History[edit]

The name of the village first appeared in the 10th century and originates from the Gallo-Romain Saxiago. The history of the village is strongly linked the Château built in the 10th century.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1789 1,016 —    
1962 587 −42.2%
1968 705 +20.1%
1975 652 −7.5%
1982 709 +8.7%
1990 867 +22.3%
1999 923 +6.5%
2008 981 +6.3%

Sights[edit]

Near Saissac, there is a transmitter for broadcasting messages to submerged submarines, the La Regine Transmitter. Its mast was built in 1973 and is 330 metres tall – taller than Eiffel Tower.

Château de Saissac

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