Ayguatébia-Talau

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Ayguatébia-Talau
A general view of Ayguatébia-Talau
A general view of Ayguatébia-Talau
Coat of arms of Ayguatébia-Talau
Coat of arms
Ayguatébia-Talau is located in France
Ayguatébia-Talau
Ayguatébia-Talau
Coordinates: 42°34′26″N 2°11′07″E / 42.5739°N 2.1853°E / 42.5739; 2.1853Coordinates: 42°34′26″N 2°11′07″E / 42.5739°N 2.1853°E / 42.5739; 2.1853
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Pyrénées-Orientales
Arrondissement Prades
Canton Les Pyrénées catalanes
Intercommunality Capcir Haut-Conflent
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Georges Vicens
Area1 29.68 km2 (11.46 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 44
 • Density 1.5/km2 (3.8/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 66010 /66360
Elevation 720–2,030 m (2,360–6,660 ft)
(avg. 1,365 m or 4,478 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.

Ayguatébia-Talau (Catalan: Aiguatèbia i Talau) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.

Geography[edit]

Localisation[edit]

Ayguatébia-Talau is located in the canton of Les Pyrénées catalanes and in the arrondissement of Prades.

Map of Ayguatébia-Talau and its surrounding communes

Neighbouring communes[edit]

Toponymy[edit]

Attested forms

The name of Ayguatébia appears in 958 as Aqua tebeda, immediately followed in 959 by Aquatepida. Villa Aque tepida is used during the 11th century and Aiguetevia is found in 1392. From the 17th century and on, the common forms are Aiguetebia and Ayguatebia. The modern spelling in Catalan is Aiguatèbia, but the traditional spelling, Ayguatèbia, should be preferred.[1]

The name of Talau appears in 874 as Villa Talatio and in 876 as Talacho. Talazo, Talaz and Talaxo are used during the 10th century. Talau appears in the 13th century and is used since.[1]

Etymology

The name of Ayguatébia comes from the Latin aqua tebeda, meaning lukewarm water, in relation with warm springs found in Ayguatébia.[1]

The name of Talau comes from a pre-Latin radical, Tal or Tala, meaning a small plateau found above a cliff or a hill, which corresponds to the situation of the village of Talau, located above the valley of the Cabrils river.[1]

History[edit]

Ayguatébia-Talau is a town created on January 1, 1983 by uniting the towns of Ayguatébia and Talau.[2]

Government and politics[edit]

The town hall in Ayguatebia

Mayors[edit]

Mayor Term start Term end
Lucien Mitjaville 1983 2011
Marc Rousset 2011 2012
Lucien Mitjaville 2012 2014
Georges Vicens 2014

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 490 —    
1800 500 +2.0%
1806 511 +2.2%
1821 550 +7.6%
1831 516 −6.2%
1836 556 +7.8%
1841 527 −5.2%
1846 526 −0.2%
1851 551 +4.8%
1856 537 −2.5%
1861 554 +3.2%
1866 547 −1.3%
1872 519 −5.1%
1876 525 +1.2%
1881 509 −3.0%
1886 506 −0.6%
1891 454 −10.3%
1896 448 −1.3%
1901 441 −1.6%
1906 431 −2.3%
1911 391 −9.3%
1921 305 −22.0%
1926 244 −20.0%
1931 208 −14.8%
1936 181 −13.0%
1946 123 −32.0%
1954 95 −22.8%
1962 84 −11.6%
1968 32 −61.9%
1975 23 −28.1%
1982 21 −8.7%
1990 45 +114.3%
1999 46 +2.2%
2007 45 −2.2%
2009 45 +0.0%

Architecture[edit]

  • Saint-Felix and Saint-Armengol church in Ayguatébia
  • Saint-Stephen church in Talau
  • Saint-Michael of the Plans church

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d (French) Lluís Basseda, Toponymie historique de Catalunya Nord, t. 1, Prades, Revista Terra Nostra, 1990
  2. ^ Insee