La Brigue

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La Brigue
A view of the dry riverbed of the Rio Sec in La Brigue
A view of the dry riverbed of the Rio Sec in La Brigue
Coat of arms of La Brigue
Coat of arms
La Brigue is located in France
La Brigue
La Brigue
Coordinates: 44°03′47″N 7°37′01″E / 44.0631°N 7.6169°E / 44.0631; 7.6169Coordinates: 44°03′47″N 7°37′01″E / 44.0631°N 7.6169°E / 44.0631; 7.6169
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Alpes-Maritimes
Arrondissement Nice
Canton Contes
 • Mayor (2008–2014]) Bernard Gastaud
Area1 91.77 km2 (35.43 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 633
 • Density 6.9/km2 (18/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
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 (Ligurian: Briga, Occitan: La Briga) is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France.

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 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.[1] Another attraction for mountain sports enthusiasts is a nearby via ferrata of medium difficulty (C/D)[2] which ascends about 250 metres above the village.[3]


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 477 —    
1968 582 +22.0%
1975 493 −15.3%
1982 495 +0.4%
1990 618 +24.8%
1999 595 −3.7%
2008 633 +6.4%

Twin towns — sister cities[edit]

La Brigue is twinned with:

See also[edit]