Puilaurens

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Puilaurens
Skyline of Puilaurens
Coat of arms of Puilaurens
Coat of arms
Location of Puilaurens
Puilaurens is located in France
Puilaurens
Puilaurens
Puilaurens is located in Occitanie
Puilaurens
Puilaurens
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
CountryFrance
RegionOccitanie
DepartmentAude
ArrondissementLimoux
CantonLa Haute-Vallée de l'Aude
IntercommunalityCanton of Axat
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Jacques Galy
Area
1
33.38 km2 (12.89 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
277
 • Density8.3/km2 (21/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
11302 /11140
Elevation399–1,420 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.

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.

Geography[edit]

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

History[edit]

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.

Population[edit]

Its inhabitants are called Puilaurenois.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1962324—    
1968378+16.7%
1975257−32.0%
1982222−13.6%
1990219−1.4%
1999236+7.8%
2006252+6.8%
2007254+0.8%
2012265+4.3%
2015266+0.4%

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.