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The Auberge rouge in Lanarce
The Auberge rouge in Lanarce
Lanarce is located in France
Coordinates: 44°43′45″N 4°00′14″E / 44.7292°N 4.0039°E / 44.7292; 4.0039Coordinates: 44°43′45″N 4°00′14″E / 44.7292°N 4.0039°E / 44.7292; 4.0039
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Ardèche
Arrondissement Largentière
Canton Coucouron
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Giselle Fracchia
Area1 22.37 km2 (8.64 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 170
 • Density 7.6/km2 (20/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 07130 /07660
Elevation 1,094–1,412 m (3,589–4,633 ft)
(avg. 1,185 m or 3,888 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.

Lanarce is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.


The village of Lanarce, situated along a busy road between Montélimar to Le Puy-en-Velay demonstrates the difficulty of Ardeche mountain life. Built more than 1000m above sea level, it is covered in snowdrifts and swamps, depending on the season. Lanarce has interesting volcanic geography, with bog-filled maars—low volcanic craters.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 376 —    
1968 377 +0.3%
1975 310 −17.8%
1982 280 −9.7%
1990 248 −11.4%
1999 199 −19.8%
2008 170 −14.6%

Local sites[edit]

  • The Auberge de Peyrebeille, or Auberge rouge, an old inn now serving as a museum covering the many murders that took place in the first half of the 19th century. It remains more or less as it was in 1833, when Jean Rochette and Mr & Mrs Martin were executed. It is now surrounded by more modern buildings: a motel, a restaurant and a service station.
  • The "ferme de Bourlatier" (in the commune of Saint-Andéol-de-Fourchades)

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