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Coat of arms of Puivert
Coat of arms
Puivert is located in France
Location within Occitanie region
Puivert is located in Occitanie
Coordinates: 42°55′18″N 2°02′51″E / 42.9217°N 2.0475°E / 42.9217; 2.0475Coordinates: 42°55′18″N 2°02′51″E / 42.9217°N 2.0475°E / 42.9217; 2.0475
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Aude
Arrondissement Limoux
Canton La Haute-Vallée de l'Aude
Intercommunality Chalabrais
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Gaston Bauzou
Area1 41.29 km2 (15.94 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 508
 • Density 12/km2 (32/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 11303 /11230
Elevation 375–1,087 m (1,230–3,566 ft)
(avg. 438 m or 1,437 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.

Puivert is a commune in the Aude department in the Occitanie region in southern France.


Chateau Puivert

In the 12th century a castle (Château de Puivert) stood on this site which had strong links to both Cathars and troubadours. A meeting of troubadours took place here in 1170, and in 1185 festivities attended by the Viscount of Carcassonne and Loba, Lady of Cabaret.

At the time of the Wars against the Cathars its seigneur was Bernard de Congost. His wife Alpaïs had become a Cathar Parfaite before her death in 1208. In November 1210 the Castle was besieged by Simon de Montfort, and fell after three days. The Congost family continued the fight against the invaders. Bernard died after receiving the Cathar Consolamentum at Montsegùr in 1232. His son continued the fight, participating in the events of Avignonet in 1242 and helping defend Montsegùr in 1243-4.

In 1213 the seigneurie, now in French hands, was conferred by Simon de Montfort on one of his lieutenants, Lambert de Thury. Later it was allocated to the Bruyère family.

The present castle is French, built by the Bruyère family in the 14th century, probably around 1310. It is still in relatively good condition.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 645 —    
1968 683 +5.9%
1975 551 −19.3%
1982 552 +0.2%
1990 467 −15.4%
1999 410 −12.2%
2008 508 +23.9%

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