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Albieres, General View.JPG
Coat of arms of Albières
Coat of arms
Albières is located in France
Coordinates: 42°56′52″N 2°28′43″E / 42.9478°N 2.4786°E / 42.9478; 2.4786Coordinates: 42°56′52″N 2°28′43″E / 42.9478°N 2.4786°E / 42.9478; 2.4786
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Aude
Arrondissement Narbonne
Canton Les Corbières
Intercommunality Région Lézignanaise Corbières Minervois
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Jacques Villefranque
Area1 17.25 km2 (6.66 sq mi)
Population (2014)2 113
 • Density 6.6/km2 (17/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 11007 /11330
Elevation 371–823 m (1,217–2,700 ft)
(avg. 450 m or 1,480 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.

Albières is a commune in the Aude department in the Occitanie region of southern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Albiérois or Albiéroises[1]


An Albières street

Albières is a remote commune high in the mountains some 40 km south by south-east of Carcassonne and 40 km west by south west of Port-la-Nouvelle in a direct line. The road distance is substantially more. The D129 road running north-west from Pont d'Orbieau forms the north-eastern border of the commune but to enter the commune the D613 road branches off this road heading south-west to the village of Albières. The D613 continues west through the commune to Arques and is the only access route to the commune. There is quite an extensive network of small mountain roads in the commune. The commune is mountainous with alpine vegetation, no farming areas, and some forested areas.

There are many streams flowing through the commune with the Ruisseau d'Albières flowing through the village and north, joined by several other streams and joining L'Orbieu river which flows northwards to join the Aude near Saint-Nazaire-d'Aude.[2]

Neighbouring communes and towns[2][edit]


Arms of Albières

Or, fess fusilly in gules and Or.


Albières Town Hall

List of Successive Mayors of Albières[3]

Mayors from 1938
From To Name Party Position
1938 1955 Bertin Pistre
1955 1971 Arthème Moulins
1971 1983 Léon Pistre
1983 1995 Marcel Floutie
1995 2014 Jacques Villefranque PS


In 2010, the commune had 98 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
202 204 184 273 303 314 305 305 351
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
316 290 271 263 264 238 244 228 220
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
200 216 210 207 158 141 139 144 120
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2009 2010
89 76 83 50 62 73 85 97 98

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

Albières Lavoir (Public Laundry)
Population of Albières

Sites and Monuments[edit]

Albières Church
  • Ruins of a Medieval Castle and enclosure (castrum) of the old village
  • The Church of Saint Martin from the 17th century contains a Painting: the AssumptionLogo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[4] which is registered as an historical object.
  • The Oratory of Notre-Dame des Douleurs contains a Group Sculpture: Virgin of PityLogo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[5] which is registered as an historical object.

Notable People linked to the commune[edit]

  • Raymond Busquet whose paternal family is from Albières and neighbouring villages


  • The ACCA of Albières: Boar Hunting
  • The Paradis club: Club of the Third Age of Albières
  • The Committee of festivals of Albières


  • A Local Festival around 14 July (organized by the Festival Committee)
  • The Festival of Albières of World Music at the end of July
  • The Bal-musette in late August (organized by the Paradis Club)
  • A Theatre during the All Saints' Day holidays

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. ^ List of Mayors of France (in French)
  4. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM11000592 Painting: The Assumption (in French)
  5. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM11002502 Group Sculpture: Virgin of Pity (in French)