A view of the dry riverbed of the Rio Sec in La Brigue
|• Mayor (2008–2014])||Bernard Gastaud|
|91.77 km2 (35.43 sq mi)|
|• Density||7.7/km2 (20/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|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.|
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 and was officially known as Briga Marittima. 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.
Looking across the village to the northwest,high rocky cliffs tower over La Brigue.Many of the buildings are of natural stone and many are nicely renovated with pastel facades and green lauze doorways and steps. 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)
- "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
- 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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