Saint-Affrique

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Saint-Affrique
The bridge and church in Saint-Affrique
The bridge and church in Saint-Affrique
Coat of arms of Saint-Affrique
Coat of arms
Location of Saint-Affrique
Saint-Affrique is located in France
Saint-Affrique
Saint-Affrique
Saint-Affrique is located in Occitanie
Saint-Affrique
Saint-Affrique
Coordinates: 43°57′33″N 2°53′14″E / 43.9592°N 2.8872°E / 43.9592; 2.8872Coordinates: 43°57′33″N 2°53′14″E / 43.9592°N 2.8872°E / 43.9592; 2.8872
CountryFrance
RegionOccitanie
DepartmentAveyron
ArrondissementMillau
CantonSaint-Affrique
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Alain Fauconnier (PS)
Area
1
110.96 km2 (42.84 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
8,847
 • Density80/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
12208 /12400
Elevation279–720 m (915–2,362 ft)
(avg. 330 m or 1,080 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Saint-Affrique (Occitan: Sant Africa) is a commune in the Aveyron department in Southern France.

History[edit]

Saint-Affrique grew in the 6th century around the tomb of St. Africain, bishop of Comminges. In the 12th century a fortress was built on the neighboring rock of Caylus. The possession of Saint-Affrique was vigorously contested during the French Wars of Religion. It was eventually occupied by the Huguenots until 1629, when it was seized and dismantled by a royal army.

Geography[edit]

The Sorgues, a tributary of the Dourdou de Camarès, flows through the commune and crosses the town. The Dourdou de Camarès flows northwestward through the western part of the commune and forms part of its northwestern border.

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
17934,527—    
18005,590+23.5%
18065,348−4.3%
18216,008+12.3%
18316,336+5.5%
18366,421+1.3%
18416,208−3.3%
18466,760+8.9%
18516,618−2.1%
18566,760+2.1%
18616,807+0.7%
18667,046+3.5%
18727,214+2.4%
18767,622+5.7%
18817,598−0.3%
18867,177−5.5%
18917,223+0.6%
18967,026−2.7%
19016,699−4.7%
19066,571−1.9%
19116,495−1.2%
19216,211−4.4%
19266,181−0.5%
19316,592+6.6%
19366,881+4.4%
19467,455+8.3%
19547,236−2.9%
19627,142−1.3%
19687,674+7.4%
19758,223+7.2%
19828,475+3.1%
19907,798−8.0%
19997,507−3.7%
20088,112+8.1%

Sights[edit]

An old bridge over the Sorgue and some megaliths in the neighborhood, especially, the dolmen of Tiergues, are of antiquarian interest.

Personalities[edit]

Saint-Affrique was the birthplace of:

International relations[edit]

Saint-Affrique prize[edit]

The Grand Prix of Saint-Affrique has been awarded to noted Parisian painters since the second part of the 20th century. It consists of a month-long stay of at the hotel of famous chef François Decucq during which the painters could visit and paint one of the most beautiful county of France. Some prize winners: Daniel du Janerand, Maurice Boitel.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • INSEE
  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "St Affrique". Encyclopædia Britannica. 23 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 1011.
  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.

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