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Lapradelle-Puilaurens vue depuis le château.jpg
Coat of arms of Puilaurens
Coat of arms
Puilaurens is located in France
Location within Occitanie region
Puilaurens is located in Occitanie
Coordinates: 42°48′38″N 2°18′21″E / 42.8106°N 2.3058°E / 42.8106; 2.3058Coordinates: 42°48′38″N 2°18′21″E / 42.8106°N 2.3058°E / 42.8106; 2.3058
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Aude
Arrondissement Limoux
Canton La Haute-Vallée de l'Aude
Intercommunality Canton of Axat
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Jacques Galy
Area1 33.38 km2 (12.89 sq mi)
Population (2015)2 266
 • Density 8.0/km2 (21/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 11302 /11140
Elevation 399–1,420 m (1,309–4,659 ft)
(avg. 424 m or 1,391 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.

Puilaurens (also non-officially: Lapradelle-Puilaurens, Occitan: La Pradèla de Puèglhaurenç) is a commune in the Aude department in southern France.

It includes the hamlets of Lapradelle, Puilaurens and Lavignac. It is known for the medieval Puilaurens Castle.


The commune is situated on the Boulzane river and the Green Meridian.


The built-up area of Lapradelle did not exist until the 19th century and owes its development to activities related to water power taken from the Boulzane: textile spinning and sawmills.

In 1904, a railway was constructed from Quillan to Rivesaltes (the Carcassonne - Rivesaltes Line) passing through Lapradelle on a viaduct spanning the valley of the Boulzane. The line carried passengers until 1939. Afterwards it was used to transport feldspar between the Aude and the Pyrénées-Orientales, the railway line is today used in the summer for a tourist train, running between Axat and Rivesaltes.

In 1868, Puilaurens lost the hamlets of Salvezines and Caunil, established as the separate commune of Salvezines.


Its inhabitants are called Puilaurenois.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 324 —    
1968 378 +16.7%
1975 257 −32.0%
1982 222 −13.6%
1990 219 −1.4%
1999 236 +7.8%
2006 252 +6.8%
2007 254 +0.8%
2012 265 +4.3%
2015 266 +0.4%

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