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The Church of Saint-Julien
The Church of Saint-Julien
Coat of arms of Barbaira
Coat of arms
Barbaira is located in France
Coordinates: 43°11′09″N 2°30′46″E / 43.1858°N 2.5128°E / 43.1858; 2.5128Coordinates: 43°11′09″N 2°30′46″E / 43.1858°N 2.5128°E / 43.1858; 2.5128
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Aude
Arrondissement Carcassonne
Canton La Montagne d'Alaric
Intercommunality Piémont d'Alaric
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Jacques Fabre
Area1 9.40 km2 (3.63 sq mi)
Population (2010)2 733
 • Density 78/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 11027 /11800
Elevation 66–502 m (217–1,647 ft)
(avg. 75 m or 246 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.

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

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Barbairanais or Barbairanaises.[1]


Barbaira is located in the Corbières mountains at the foot of Mount Alaric in the urban area of Carcassonne some 15 km east of the city. Access to the commune is by the D6113 road from Floure in the west which passes through the north of the commune and the village before continuing east to Capendu. The A61 autoroute passes through the centre of the commune from west to east but there is no exit in the commune. The nearest exit is Exit Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 24  some 7 km to the west of the commune which links to the D6113. A railway passes through commune and the village from west to east but has no station in or near the commune. The commune is farmland in the north with the slopes of the mountain in the south forested.[2]

The Aude river forms the northern border of the commune as it flows east to join the Mediterranean sea south-west of Valras-Plage. Several streams rise in the south of the commune and flow north to join the Aude including the Ruisseau de la Pelliere. The Ruisseau de Saint-Jean rises in the far south-east of the commune and flows north then east to join the Ruisseau de la Tuilerie.[2]

Neighbouring communes and villages[2][edit]


Arms of Barbaira
The official status of the blazon remains to be determined.

Azure, a chevron of Or.


List of Successive Mayors[3]

Mayors from 1936
From To Name Party Position
1936 1944 Etienne Daydé
1944 1953 François Viguier
1953 1965 Jean Vibes
1965 1995 Emile Bacquier
1995 2014 Robert Amouroux
2014 2020 Jacques Fabre

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 733 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 1]

Population change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
318 348 360 383 405 401 379 383 405
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
468 442 457 488 548 578 623 583 566
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
594 578 583 650 647 695 677 558 561
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
510 512 503 473 474 523 583 733 -

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

Population of Barbaira



There is a Compressor station for the TIGF natural gas network.[4]


The commune is part of the zone for the qualitative names:

  • Vin de pays des coteaux de Miramont (Vin de Pays from the slopes of Miramont)
  • Vignoble de la Montagne d'Alaric (Vineyards of Mount Alaric) which is part of the Corbières AOC

Culture and heritage[edit]

Ruins of the Château of Miramont

Civil heritage[edit]

  • The remains of the Chateau of Miramont (Middle Ages)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg are registered as an historical monument.[5]

Religious heritage[edit]

  • The Church of Saint-Julien-Sainte-Basilisse (12th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg is registered as an historical monument.[6] The Church contains two items that are registered as historical objects:

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

  • Chabert de Barbeira

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 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.


  1. ^ Inhabitants of Aude (in French)
  2. ^ a b c Google Maps
  3. ^ List of Mayors of France (in French)
  4. ^ TIGF website (in French)
  5. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00102552 Chateau of Miramont (in French)
  6. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00102553 IA11000076 Church of Saint-Julien-Sainte-Basilisse(in French)Camera aabb.svg
  7. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM11000624 Baptismal font (in French)
  8. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM11000623 Statue: Virgin and child (in French)