Villelongue

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Villelongue
Villelongue is located in France
Villelongue
Villelongue
Coordinates: 42°57′19″N 0°03′25″W / 42.9553°N 0.0569°W / 42.9553; -0.0569Coordinates: 42°57′19″N 0°03′25″W / 42.9553°N 0.0569°W / 42.9553; -0.0569
Country France
Region Midi-Pyrénées
Department Hautes-Pyrénées
Arrondissement Argelès-Gazost
Canton Argelès-Gazost
Intercommunality Vallée d'Argelès-Gazost
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Paul Boudet
Area
 • Land1 20.46 km2 (7.90 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 372
 • Population2 density 18/km2 (47/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 65473 / 65260
Elevation 457–2,484 m (1,499–8,150 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.

Villelongue is a commune in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in south-western France.

Villelongue is situated on the flank of the Hautacam mountain, around a stream called the Ruisseau d'Isaby, and descends to the Gave de Gavarnie torrent.

It consists of a main village with a smaller hamlet above called Ortiac. Ortiac boasts a charming medieval chapel. The woods above Ortiac conceal the Abbey of Saint-Orens, now in ruins.

Villelongue has considerably expanded in recent years, as new tracts are open to development and as the road infrastructure have developed to allow inhabitants to commute to Lourdes and Tarbes.

Villelongue is unusual among local towns in having a latinate name, rather than a name deriving from Bigourdan (the local dialect of the Occitan language). The name is said to derive from a Latin villa (i.e. a large farm) dating from late antiquity, situated in the lower part of the modern village, in an area known as "Las Longas".

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