Lagrasse

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Lagrasse
Skyline of Lagrasse
Coat of arms of Lagrasse
Coat of arms
Location of Lagrasse
Lagrasse is located in France
Lagrasse
Lagrasse
Lagrasse is located in Occitanie
Lagrasse
Lagrasse
Coordinates: 43°05′28″N 2°37′10″E / 43.091°N 2.6195°E / 43.091; 2.6195Coordinates: 43°05′28″N 2°37′10″E / 43.091°N 2.6195°E / 43.091; 2.6195
CountryFrance
RegionOccitanie
DepartmentAude
ArrondissementNarbonne
CantonLes Corbières
IntercommunalityCanton de Lagrasse
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) René Ortega
Area
1
32.2 km2 (12.4 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
560
 • Density17/km2 (45/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
11185 /11220
Elevation82–586 m (269–1,923 ft)
(avg. 108 m or 354 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Lagrasse is a commune in the Aude department in southern France.

Lagrasse is part of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France association ("The most beautiful villages of France").[2]

Geography[edit]

Lagrasse is about 30 km (19 mi) southeast of Carcassonne. It lies in the valley of the River Orbieu, at the foot of the Pyrenees.

History[edit]

Lagrasse dates from the time the abbey was built. Permission for the construction was given by Charlemagne in 783.

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1962622—    
1968665+6.9%
1975623−6.3%
1982696+11.7%
1990704+1.1%
1999615−12.6%
2006603−2.0%
2008599−0.7%

Sights[edit]

The two highlights of the village are the eponymous Abbey[3] and the bridges, although the narrow medieval streets of the village itself are also very attractive, and remains of the town walls can still be seen.

Economy[edit]

The region is renowned for the wine produced in the surrounding hills - this is the Corbières wine region, the largest wine-producing region in France.

The village is now home to numerous pottery workers and artists, and host numerous cultural and intellectual festivals such as "Le Banquet du Livre"

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ List of "Plus Beaux Villages de France"
  3. ^ St. Mary's Abbey, Lagrasse Archived 2008-05-13 at the Wayback Machine