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Alaigne village.jpg
Coat of arms of Alaigne
Coat of arms
Location of Alaigne
Alaigne is located in France
Alaigne is located in Occitanie
Coordinates: 43°06′08″N 2°05′30″E / 43.1022°N 2.0917°E / 43.1022; 2.0917Coordinates: 43°06′08″N 2°05′30″E / 43.1022°N 2.0917°E / 43.1022; 2.0917
CantonLa Piège au Razès
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Jean Perrillou
13.86 km2 (5.35 sq mi)
 • Density24/km2 (63/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
11004 /11240
Elevation244–444 m (801–1,457 ft)
(avg. 330 m or 1,080 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.

Alaigne (Alanha in Occitan) is a commune in the Aude department in the Occitanie region of southern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Alaignois or Alaignoises'[1]


The commune is located some 10 km north-west of Limoux and 20 km east of Mirepoix. A number of district roads all converge on the village of Alaigne: the D102 south from Belveze-du-Razes, the D702 west from Routier, the D102 north-west from Limoux, and the D52 which comes east from Bellegarde-du-Razes then continues south to Villelongue-d'Aude.[2]

The village itself is a traditional Circulade located in the historical region of Razès.

Located in the AOP Malepere wine growing area, the commune is mostly vineyards and farmland for wheat, rape and sunflowers with a few scattered forests. There are no villages or hamlets other than Alaigne.

Neighbouring communes and towns[2][edit]


Arms of Alaigne
This is the arms of the last Archbishop of Narbonne, Arthur Richard Dillon.

The communes of Bize-Minervois, Gruissan, Pieusse, and Routier which were also strongholds of the Archbishop of Narbonne have the same arms.

Argent, a lion passant of gules between three crescents 2 and 1 the same.[3]


Before the Revolution, Alaigne was a part of Pieusse and Routier was a barony of the Archbishop of Narbonne.[4]


List of Successive Mayors of Alaigne[5]

From To Name Party Position
1906 1912 Urbain Frontil Consul General
2001 2020 Jean Perrillou

(Not all data is known)


In 2010, the commune had 340 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known through the population censuses conducted in the town since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of municipalities with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

Population change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
520 468 562 514 480 523 524 533 533
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
542 545 467 508 503 517 559 598 578
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
552 585 573 515 476 503 466 448 385
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
406 385 366 330 290 300 327 340 -

Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

Population of Alaigne

Culture and heritage[edit]

Civil heritage[edit]

  • The Porte de Papi Fortified door (15th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg is registered as an historical monument.[6]

Religious heritage[edit]

  • The Cemetery contains a number of items that are registered as historical objects:
    • A Funeral Stèle (1668)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[7]
    • A Funeral Stèle (16th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[8]
    • A Funeral Stèle (17th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[9]
    • 2 Funeral Stèles (16th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[10]
  • The Parish Church of Saint-Pierre es Liens contains a number of items that are registered as historical objects:

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002 [1] Archived 2016-03-06 at the Wayback Machine, the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" which allow, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For municipalities with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these municipalities is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force on 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.


  1. ^ Inhabitants of Aude (in French)
  2. ^ a b Google Maps
  3. ^ Arms of the State of Languedoc, editor Jacques Vincent, by Denis-François Gastelier de La Tour, 1767, Paris, 248 pages (in French)
  4. ^ Topographic Dictionary of the départment of Aude, Imprimerie nationale, Abbot Antoine Sabarthès, 1912, Paris, p. 313.
  5. ^ List of Mayors of France (in French)
  6. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00102510 Porte de Papi Fortified door (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  7. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM11002570 Funeral Stèle (in French)
  8. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM11002569 Funeral Stèle (in French)
  9. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM11002568 Funeral Stèle (in French)
  10. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM11002567 2 Funeral Stèles (in French)
  11. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM11002572 Chalice with Paten (in French)
  12. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM11002571 Chalice with Paten (in French)
  13. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM11002566 2 Stoups (in French)
  14. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM11002565 Facing of the Altar and the communion table (in French)
  15. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM11002579 Reliquary Cross of Saint Julie (in French)