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Coat of arms of Coustaussa
Coat of arms
Coustaussa is located in France
Coordinates: 42°56′30″N 2°16′44″E / 42.9417°N 2.2789°E / 42.9417; 2.2789Coordinates: 42°56′30″N 2°16′44″E / 42.9417°N 2.2789°E / 42.9417; 2.2789
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Aude
Arrondissement Limoux
Canton Couiza
Intercommunality Pays de Couiza
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Robert Sanchez
Area1 4.47 km2 (1.73 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 55
 • Density 12/km2 (32/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 11109 /11190
Elevation 235–548 m (771–1,798 ft)
(avg. 318 m or 1,043 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.

Coustaussa is a commune in the Aude department in Occitanie region in southern France. Its inhabitants are called Coustaussans.


The village is situated in the high valley of the Aude, on the river Sals between Arques and Couiza.


In the twelfth century, the lordship of Coustaussa belonged to the Vilar family. In the fourteenth century, it was in the hands of the de Fenouillet family. In 1367, by the marriage of Geraude de Fenouillet to Saix de Montesquieu, the lordship passed to the Montesquieus who kept it until the French Revolution.[1]

During the night of 31 October to 1 November 1897, the parish priest of Coustaussa, the Abbé Antoine Gélis, was brutally murdered in his presbytery. The crime was not solved. The Abbé was found during the investigation to possess large sums of money which had not been taken by his assailants.[2]


Since March 2001, the Mayor of the commune has been Robert Sanchez.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 62 —    
1968 69 +11.3%
1975 59 −14.5%
1982 52 −11.9%
1990 43 −17.3%
1999 49 +14.0%
2008 55 +12.2%

Places of interest[edit]

Coustaussa has a ruined castle.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Departmental Archives of the Aude, Collection 7J (Montesquieu-Coustaussa)
  2. ^ J Riviere, G Tappa, C Boumendil (1996), Le Fabuleux Tresor de Rennes-le-Chateau! Le Secret de L'Abbé Gelis - La Piste Corse, Cazilhac, Belisane ISBN 2-910730-04-2

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