Barbazan, Haute-Garonne

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Coat of arms of Barbazan
Coat of arms
Barbazan is located in France
Coordinates: 43°02′00″N 0°37′26″E / 43.0333°N 0.6239°E / 43.0333; 0.6239Coordinates: 43°02′00″N 0°37′26″E / 43.0333°N 0.6239°E / 43.0333; 0.6239
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Haute-Garonne
Arrondissement Saint-Gaudens
Canton Bagnères-de-Luchon
Intercommunality Haut Comminges
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Michelle Stradere
Area1 6.05 km2 (2.34 sq mi)
Population (2010)2 447
 • Density 74/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 31045 /31510
Elevation 439–890 m (1,440–2,920 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.

Barbazan is a commune in the Haute-Garonne department in the Occitanie region of south-western France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Barbazanais or Barbazanaises.[1]


Barbazan is a Spa town in the Comminges region located some 13 km south-west of Saint-Gaudens and 12 km north of Cierp-Gaud. The western border of the commune is also the departmental border between Haute-Garonne and Hautes-Pyrénées. Access to the commune is by Route nationale N125 which comes from the end of the A645 autoroute and passes down the western side of the commune south to Ore. The D26E road comes from Labroquère in the north-west and passes through the north of the commune ending in the village. The D26 comes from Valcabrère in the west and passes through the village continuing to Sauveterre-de-Comminges in the east. The D33D and the D33L go south from the village to join the N125. The commune has extensive forests in the east with some farmland in the west.[2]

The Garonne river forms most of the western border of the commune as it flows north, passing through Toulouse, to eventually join the Dordogne to form the Gironde estuary at Bordeaux. Lake Barbazan, north-west of the village at 452 m above sea level, is of glacial origin. It is surrounded by moraine deposits: sub-glacial moraine from Cumania and rocky outcrops of moraine west of the Lake. The Ruisseau de Corp flows west from the lake to join the Garonne.[2]

Neighbouring communes and villages[2][edit]


Arms of Barbazan

Vert, 3 jets of water Argent issuant from a fountain with antique base of Or on a wave Argent mouvant from base; in chief parti per pale: at 1 Gules with 4 otelles Argent addorsed saltrirewise, at 2 Azure with a cross of Or.


List of Successive Mayors[3]

Mayors from 1937
From To Name Party Position
1937 1944 Baptiste Foucadet
1944 1947 André Casteix
1947 1947 Bertrand Fourcade
1947 1957 Pierre Pujole
1957 1960 Jacques Vollant
1960 1972 Paul Bertrand
1972 1977 Henri Fontagneres
1977 1985 Georges Guichard
1985 1989 Jean Serny
1989 2014 Henri Galy
2014 2020 Michelle Stradere

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 447 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
425 416 450 485 520 540 535 555 547
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
548 547 513 516 484 459 430 456 471
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
431 453 427 385 381 392 421 371 438
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
525 516 406 386 351 378 - 447 -

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

Population of Barbazan

Sites and monuments[edit]

Barbazan has two sites that are registered as historical monuments:

  • The Chateau of Bagen (1544)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[4]
  • The Flower Garden in the Chateau of Bagen on the D26 roadLogo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[5]
Other sites of interest

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

  • Jacques-Marie d'Astorg (1752-1822), Count of Astorg and Roquépine, Baron of Montégut, French soldier in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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 Haute-Garonne (in French)
  2. ^ a b c Google Maps
  3. ^ List of Mayors of France (in French)
  4. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00094283 Chateau of Bagen (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  5. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA31010024 Flower Garden (in French)