Lagarde, Ariège

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The church in Lagarde
The church in Lagarde
Coat of arms of Lagarde
Coat of arms
Lagarde is located in France
Coordinates: 43°03′01″N 1°56′05″E / 43.0503°N 1.9347°E / 43.0503; 1.9347Coordinates: 43°03′01″N 1°56′05″E / 43.0503°N 1.9347°E / 43.0503; 1.9347
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Ariège
Arrondissement Pamiers
Canton Mirepoix
Intercommunality Pays de Mirepoix
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Anne-Marie Milesi
Area1 11.93 km2 (4.61 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 180
 • Density 15/km2 (39/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 09150 / 09500
Elevation 316–543 m (1,037–1,781 ft)
(avg. 327 m or 1,073 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.

Lagarde is a commune in the Ariège department in southwestern France.


On 25 May 1969, the commune of Lagarde was struck by a tornado of the F3 type. It destroyed nearby hamlets and transportation in the village and the surrounding area. A few hours later in the department of Aude the tornado devastated the village of Leuc. Such a wave of powerful tornadoes is rare in France.



The Château de Lagarde is an imposing medieval building constructed in the 11th century with the first square tower (1063–1065) by Ramiro I, King of Aragon and Count of Barcelona. Between the 1176 and 1180 the chateau developed with 4 square towers and with a rectangular entry with a door made out of wood, a drawbridge and ditch at the foot of the walls.

Terrace of the château

In the middle of the beautiful paved yard is a well which is 62 meters depth and 2 meters in diameter cut with stone 1.20 metres thick. Simon de Montfort, 5th Earl of Leicester allotted the village of Lagarde and its castle to Guy I of Lévis, lieutenant of his army, in 1212. This was conducted after Simon de Montfort convened at Pamiers in a general meeting of nobles, prelates and noted middle-class men, where they drew up a 46 article administration doctrine of the place. It was ratified by the Treaty of Paris and signed on 12 April 1229 on the square of Notre-Dame.

Chateau de Lagarde


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 165 —    
1968 213 +29.1%
1975 185 −13.1%
1982 177 −4.3%
1990 172 −2.8%
1999 194 +12.8%
2008 180 −7.2%

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