A view of the dry riverbed of the Rio Sec in La Brigue
|• Mayor (2008–2014])||Bernard Gastaud|
|Area1||91.77 km2 (35.43 sq mi)|
|• Density||6.9/km2 (18/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||06162 / 06430|
|Elevation||559–2,650 m (1,834–8,694 ft)
(avg. 812 m or 2,664 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.
La Brigue became part of France after World War II, when Italy was forced to hand it over in September 1947 under the terms of the 1947 Peace of Paris. Before the hand over, it was part of the Province of Cuneo. The transfer, which was not unopposed in the village, was retrospectively endorsed by a local plebiscite which took place on 12 October 1947 and was subject to international supervision.
The Shrine of Our Lady of the Fountains is the home to a huge 15th-century painting (cycle of passion) by the painter Giovanni Piemontese Canavesio, and is a major tourist destination.
The village is situated along the long distance hiking trail GR52A. Another attraction for mountain sports enthusiasts is a nearby via ferrata of medium difficulty (C/D) which ascends about 250 metres above the village.
Twin towns — Sister cities
La Brigue is twinned with:
- Triora, Italy (2006)
- German Via-Ferrata Database: http://www.klettersteig.de/klettersteig/via_ferrata_de_la_ciappea/1013
- Via Ferrata of La Brigue: http://www.labrigue.fr/index.php?id=4563
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