|• Mayor (1977–2020)||Henri Andrieu|
|17.84 km2 (6.89 sq mi)|
|• Density||11/km2 (29/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||467–1,253 m (1,532–4,111 ft) |
(avg. 475 m or 1,558 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
The inhabitants of the commune are known as Balaguérois or Balaguéroises.
Balaguères is located some 4 km north-east of Audressein and 12 km south-west of Saint-Girons in the Parc naturel régional des Pyrénées ariégeoises. The north-west border of the commune is also the departmental border between Ariège and Haute-Garonne. Access to the commune is by the D618 road from Engomer in the east which passes through the south of the commune and continues south-west to Audressein. Access to the main village of Alas is by the D204A from Engomer and several local roads. The D204 goes north-west from the village through the hamlet of Agert to the hamlet of Balagué in the commune. The commune is farmland in the valley and forested on the mountain slopes.
The Lez river flows through the south of the commune and the village from south-west to east and continues east then north-east to join the Salat at Saint-Girons. The Ruisseau de Lachein flows from the north-west through the commune, gathering several tributaries, to join the Lez at the village.
Balagué, Agert, and Alas were all part of the lordship of Aspet in the 12th century together with Engomer, Montgauch, Bareilles, and Mauvezin de Prat. This lordship became a powerful Barony in the Middle Ages. On 12 December 1642 Guy d'Encausse, Lord of Labastide (near Rieucazé) purchased Alas-Balagué and gave it to Jean-Jacques de Solan. By decree in April 1667 King Louis XIV ordered the purchase of 18 parishes that had been committed in 1642 and 1643. They all returned to the Crown lands of France. Later, however, some were sold again (Castelbiague, Pointis-Inard, Alas-Agert-Balagué). Others remained in paréage[Note 1] with the king: Affis (His), Arbas, Ganties, Mauvezin, Montastruc, and Rouède. The rest remained permanently in the hands of the king as sole lord: Aspet, Chein, Escaich, Estadens, Montgauch-Bareilles, and Saleich.
- Mayors from 1936
(Not all data is known)
In 2010 the commune had 199 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger communes that have a sample survey every year.[Note 2]
Culture and heritage
- The Church of Agert contains two items that are registered as historical objects:
- The Church of Alas contains four items that are registered as historical objects:
- The Réseau Paloume, a natural cavity at more than 750 m altitude.
- Balaguères on Lion1906
- Balaguères on Google Maps
- Balaguères on Géoportail, National Geographic Institute (IGN) website (in French)
- Balagué, Agert, and Alas on the 1750 Cassini Map
- Balaguères on the INSEE website (in French)
- INSEE (in French)
Notes and references
- A feudal contract between two or more lords giving them equal rights
- At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by Law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002 Archived 6 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine, the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" allows, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For communes with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these communes 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.
- "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
- Inhabitants of Ariège (in French)
- Google Maps
- List of Mayors of France (in French)
- Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM09000076 Ciborium (in French)
- Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM09000075 Chalice (in French)
- Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM09000074 Ciborium (in French)
- Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM09000071 Framed Painting: The Virgin and child donating a rosary to Saints Dominic and Catherine of Sienna (in French)
- Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM09000073 Chalice with Paten (in French)
- Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM09000072 Confessional (in French)
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