Aragon, Aude

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General View of Aragon
General View of Aragon
Coat of arms of Aragon
Coat of arms
Location of Aragon
Aragon is located in France
Aragon is located in Occitanie
Coordinates: 43°17′49″N 2°18′55″E / 43.2969°N 2.3153°E / 43.2969; 2.3153Coordinates: 43°17′49″N 2°18′55″E / 43.2969°N 2.3153°E / 43.2969; 2.3153
CantonLa Vallée de l'Orbiel
IntercommunalityCarcassonne Agglo
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Didier Sie[1]
20.56 km2 (7.94 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2018)[2]
 • Density22/km2 (56/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
11011 /11600
Elevation136–346 m (446–1,135 ft)
(avg. 190 m or 620 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Aragon (Occitan: Argon) is a commune in the Aude department in the Occitanie region of southern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Aragonais or Aragonaises[3]


Aragon is a commune in the Carcassonne urban area on the Green Meridian in Cabardès. The village is built on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Trapel and Vallette streams.

The commune is located some 13 km north of Carcassonne and 6 km east of Montolieu. Access is by the D203 road from Fraisse-Cabardès in the north-west passing through the length of the commune to the village then continuing south to Pennautier. There is also the D935 going south-east from the village to Villegailhenc. The north of the commune is quite rugged and heavily forested while the south of the commune is farmland with some patches of forest.

The Ruisseau de Trapel flows from the north-west passing north of the village and gathering tributaries as it continues south-east to join the Canal du Midi south of Les Pradels. The Ruisseau de la Vallette also flows from further north-west to pass the village on the southern side before joining the Trapel. Numerous other streams rise in the south of the commune and flow south-east. In the north-east the Ruisseau de Vallouviere flows south-east and joins the Trapel south-east of the commune.[4]

Neighbouring communes and villages[edit]



The town is also known as Aragon-en-Cabardès but this name is not so easy to use. The name could come from the Kingdom of Aragon and dates from the 11th century but some propose Celtic or Greco-Celtic origins meaning a place near a battle or near the wilderness.

  • Hamlets and places: Bancalis, la Borde Neuve, Cabrol, les Capitelles, le Chalet, Combe Petite, Combe Grande, Font de l'Orme, Font en Gui, la Croze (ruins), Garille, Grambaud, La Grange, le Moulin, Moulin de Vignore, Pech Marie, Rude Mine, la Valette d'Artoul, and la Valouvière.
  • Topographical feature: la Crose (329m), Montpeyrous (219m), Mourral de las Piouses (161m), and Pech Jalabert (322m).
  • Hydrology:
    • Water Sources: Font de Clavel, Fontaine Blanche, and Fount de Cussou.
    • Streams: Ruissseau de Garille, de Gazel, de la Combe Auzine, de la Combe Bertrand, de la Combe des Baysses, de la Combe Petite, de la Valette, de Malmajou, de Malrégas, de Pratjon, de Racaudy, de Trapel, de Vallouvière, des Joies, and du Berger.
  • Forests: les Affenadous, Bois de Moure, Bosc de Bez, le Carrétal de la Sourde, la Crose, Montpeyrous, Pech Jalabert, le Pin des Balles, and Plaine de Montolieu.
  • Vineyards: Magrie and le Sidobre.
  • Pathways: Chemin de la Moulinasse and Chemin de la Plaine de la Bouiche.

Other Places: Champ du Saule, Clapier d'Amen, Clapier Rouge, l'Espinal, la Croix du Carabier, Larjale, le Malrégas, les Précieuses, Mont Feste, Mourrel de la Crose, Mourrel Redon, Pechicous, Plateau d'Aragon, and Pratjon.


There are remains from the Bronze Age (2000 BC) which were found in a cave. In 1820 a fragment with a Gallo-Roman funerary inscription was discovered.

In the 10th century Aragon belonged to the Abbey of Montolieu but, from the beginning of the 12th century, traces of the Lords of Aragon have been found. They then had large areas of land but they seem to have followed the Cathar cause. They were thus deprived of their property by the Inquisition although they received financial compensation. Their fief was then shared between the Royal Domain and the bishopric of Carcassonne but, even without the protection of lords, Catharism still survived in the village.

Aragon Village

In 1575 and in 1588 the Huguenots occupied the village. The Viscount of Turenne recaptured it in 1580.

The village experienced a period of prosperity in the late 18th century when looms for supplying the clothiers at Carcassonne brought additional revenue to the community.

In the 17th century, the lordship of Aragon belonged to Sebastian de Maurel, whose daughter, Anne de Maurel d'Aragon, was married in 1726 at Aragon to Pierre de Bancalis, giving birth to the noble family Bancalis de Maurel d'Aragon.


Arms of Aragon

Argent, a bend of Sable.


List of Successive Mayors[5]

Mayors from the French Revolution to 1929
From To Name
1790 1793 Pierre Duran
1793 1796 Etienne Escande
1796 1796 Jean Duran
1796 1798 Jean Molinier
1798 1800 Vital Resseguier
1800 1806 Gabriel Beteille
1806 1808 Simon Rousseau
1808 1811 Mathieu Averous
1811 1815 Vital Resseguier
1815 1816 Pierre Pontet
1816 1821 Germaine Pontet
1821 1826 Jean Averous
1826 1848 Germain Pontet
1848 1855 François Escande
1855 1864 Mathieu Averous
1864 1871 Claude Ressiguier
1871 1874 Guillaume Lapeyre
1874 1876 Mathieu Averous
1876 1876 Jules Aribaud
1876 1880 François Barthe
1880 1881 Antoine Tiquet
1881 1884 Jules Aribaud
1884 1893 Louis Satge
1893 1894 François Barthe
1894 1904 Jules Aribaud
1904 1918 Gilbert Durand
1918 1919 François Cayrol
1919 1924 Baptiste Bousquet
1924 1925 Bernard Loubiere
1925 1929 Paul Calmet
Mayors from 1929
From To Name
1929 1965 Paul Blanc
1965 1995 André Bru
1995 2008 Serge Loubet
2008 2014 Bernard Bru
2014 2026 Didier Sie


In 2017 the commune had 433 inhabitants.

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1793 427—    
1800 580+4.47%
1806 621+1.14%
1821 708+0.88%
1831 707−0.01%
1836 694−0.37%
1841 704+0.29%
1846 676−0.81%
1851 664−0.36%
1856 647−0.52%
1861 613−1.07%
1866 597−0.53%
1872 604+0.19%
1876 620+0.66%
1881 623+0.10%
1886 524−3.40%
1891 465−2.36%
1896 460−0.22%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1901 496+1.52%
1906 499+0.12%
1911 475−0.98%
1921 457−0.39%
1926 469+0.52%
1931 454−0.65%
1936 431−1.03%
1946 374−1.41%
1954 355−0.65%
1962 334−0.76%
1968 304−1.56%
1975 306+0.09%
1982 374+2.91%
1990 389+0.49%
1999 453+1.71%
2007 435−0.51%
2012 415−0.94%
2017 433+0.85%
Source: EHESS[6] and INSEE[7]
A Vineyard at Aragon


Aragon is part of the Cabardès AOC

Culture and heritage[edit]

The Chateau

Civil heritage[edit]

  • A Chateau (16th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg is registered as an historical monument.[8]
  • The Espace Pierre Sèche
  • An Old winery tools Museum

Religious heritage[edit]

Two sites are registered as historical monuments:

  • A Wayside Cross (16th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[9]
  • The Church of Sainte-Marie (14th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires"., Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2018". INSEE. 28 December 2020.
  3. ^ Inhabitants of Aude (in French)
  4. ^ a b Google Maps
  5. ^ List of Mayors of France
  6. ^ Des villages de Cassini aux communes d'aujourd'hui: Commune data sheet Aragon, EHESS. (in French)
  7. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE
  8. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00102536 Chateau (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  9. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00102535 Wayside Cross (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  10. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA11000065 Church of Sainte-Marie (in French)

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