Montbolo

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Montbolo
The road into Montbolo
The road into Montbolo
Coat of arms of Montbolo
Coat of arms
Montbolo is located in France
Montbolo
Montbolo
Coordinates: 42°29′09″N 2°39′21″E / 42.4858°N 2.6558°E / 42.4858; 2.6558Coordinates: 42°29′09″N 2°39′21″E / 42.4858°N 2.6558°E / 42.4858; 2.6558
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Department Pyrénées-Orientales
Arrondissement Céret
Canton Arles-sur-Tech
Intercommunality Haut Vallespir
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Lucien Julia
Area1 21.98 km2 (8.49 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 145
 • Density 6.6/km2 (17/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 66113 / 66110
Elevation 240–1,323 m (787–4,341 ft)
(avg. 576 m or 1,890 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.

Montbolo (Catalan: Montboló) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.

Geography[edit]

Localization[edit]

Montbolo is located in the canton of Arles-sur-Tech and in the arrondissement of Céret.

Map of Montbolo and its surrounding communes

Geology[edit]

Montbolo once had gypsum mines, used for making plaster, and also lutite and dolostone. A landslide in a gypsum stone-pit in Montbolo occurred on 20 March 1886 and killed three workers.[1]

Sites of interest[edit]

The Saint-Andrew church of Montbolo was first built in the 12th century and then modified in the 13th, 14th and 17th centuries. At the end of 19th century works started for a full repair of the church, but the new roof was entirely destroyed following a storm in January 1900.[2] Other repairs have been made more recently, such as the rebuild of the portal, which destroyed some of the older elements.[3]

Montbolo has two dolmens : the Caixa de Rotllan, on the city limit with Arles-sur-Tech and the dolmen de Formentera.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (French) Fabricio Cardenas, Vieux papiers des Pyrénées-Orientales, Accident à Montbolo en 1886, 4 february 2014
  2. ^ (French) Fabricio Cardenas, Vieux papiers des Pyrénées-Orientales, Tempête dans le Haut-Vallespir, 10 janvier 1900, 2 february 2014
  3. ^ Marcel Durliat, Roussillon Roman, Zodiaque, 1986