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Coat of arms of Barnas
Coat of arms
Barnas is located in France
Coordinates: 44°40′07″N 4°10′14″E / 44.6686°N 4.1706°E / 44.6686; 4.1706Coordinates: 44°40′07″N 4°10′14″E / 44.6686°N 4.1706°E / 44.6686; 4.1706
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Ardèche
Arrondissement Largentière
Canton Haute-Ardèche
Intercommunality Ardèche des Sources et Volcans
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Joël Laurent
Area1 26.51 km2 (10.24 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 226
 • Density 8.5/km2 (22/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 07025 /07330
Elevation 431–1,494 m (1,414–4,902 ft)
(avg. 464 m or 1,522 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.

Barnas is a commune in the Ardèche department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of southern France.[1]

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Barnassiens or Barnassiennes.[2]


Barnas is located some 20 km west by northwest of Aubenas and 30 km east by southeast of Pradelles. Access to the commune is by Route nationale N102 which passes through the centre of the commune and the village from Mayres in the west and continuing to Thueyts in the east. The commune is mostly forest and moderately mountainous. There is a hotel and petrol station in the commune.[3][4]

The Ardèche river flows through the commune from west to east parallel to the highway. There are a number of tributaries that feed into the river in the commune. On the right bank from west to east these are:

  • The Ruisseau d'Abraham
  • The Ruisseau des Combes
  • The Ruisseau de l'Horesson
  • The Ruisseau de Bournazon
  • The Ruisseau de Chadenac Ou de Chateau which form the eastern border of the commune.

On the left bank the river is fed by:

  • The Ruisseau du Grand VaVat
  • The Rieu Jilieux
  • The Ruisseau de la Farre
  • The Ruisseau du Saut which forms the eastern border north of the river.


Barnas appears as Barnas on the 1750 Cassini Map[5] but does not appear at all on the 1790 version.[6]


Arms of Barnas

Party per bend, at 1 a branch in pale with three apples to dexter 2 and 1; at 2 a mount of two hillocks mounted on a terrace in base charged with Bars gemelle wavy and a fess wavy in chief; over all a bend charged with 6 roundels in bend.


List of Successive Mayors[7]

From To Name Party Position
1959 2001 René Vidal PCF
2001 2020 Joel Laurent

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 999 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)
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
627 556 661 605 459 405
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
352 307 219 206 214 204 229 -

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

Population of Barnas

Sites and Monuments[edit]

  • The Chapdenac Tower
  • A 19th century Church

See also[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 and 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.