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The main square in Lisle-sur-Tarn
The main square in Lisle-sur-Tarn
Coat of arms of Lisle-sur-Tarn
Coat of arms
Lisle-sur-Tarn is located in France
Coordinates: 43°51′16″N 1°48′42″E / 43.8544°N 1.8117°E / 43.8544; 1.8117Coordinates: 43°51′16″N 1°48′42″E / 43.8544°N 1.8117°E / 43.8544; 1.8117
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Tarn
Arrondissement Albi
Canton Vignobles et Bastides
Intercommunality Tarn and Dadou
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Maryline Lherm
Area1 86.56 km2 (33.42 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 4,170
 • Density 48/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 81145 /81310
Elevation 95–285 m (312–935 ft)
(avg. 127 m or 417 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.

Lisle-sur-Tarn is a commune in the Tarn department in southern France.


The city is located halfway between Toulouse and Albi on the A68 motorway, in the Gaillac vineyard, on the banks of the Tarn. Historically speaking, it is also located on one of the ancient Ways of St. James.


Created as a bastide by Raymond VII, Count of Toulouse in the 13th century, after the destruction of the castel of Montagut, ordered by the crusaders during the Albigensian Crusade. Thanks to local productions such as pastel and Gaillac wine, the city became an important market with a fluvial port on the Tarn. This rich heritage, in a region that is still producing wine nowadays, plays an important role on the local tourism-oriented economy.


Historical population of Lisle-sur-Tarn
(Source: INSEE[1])
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2007
Population 3308 3376 3385 3413 3588 3684 4171


Notable facts[edit]

Lisle-sur-Tarn has a large number of period properties.

The village was designed with perpendicular, regularized streets with red-brick half-timbered houses, that are made up of an ensemble of four districts, each one delimited by a fortified gate. The market square is the largest of all the south-western bastides, with about 5,000 m². It was renovated in 2000. The town has a museum on the main square to the artist Raymond Lafage.


The town figures in Tracy Chevalier's first published novel, "The Virgin Blue"

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