Saint-Lizier

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Saint-Lizier
Saint-Lizier cloister
Saint-Lizier cloister
Coat of arms of Saint-Lizier
Coat of arms
Location of Saint-Lizier
Saint-Lizier is located in France
Saint-Lizier
Saint-Lizier
Saint-Lizier is located in Occitanie
Saint-Lizier
Saint-Lizier
Coordinates: 43°00′10″N 1°08′15″E / 43.0028°N 1.1375°E / 43.0028; 1.1375Coordinates: 43°00′10″N 1°08′15″E / 43.0028°N 1.1375°E / 43.0028; 1.1375
CountryFrance
RegionOccitanie
DepartmentAriège
ArrondissementSaint-Girons
CantonPortes du Couserans
IntercommunalitySaint-Girons
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Étienne Dedieu
Area
1
9.01 km2 (3.48 sq mi)
Population
(2008)2
1,466
 • Density160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
09268 /09190
Elevation368–578 m (1,207–1,896 ft)
(avg. 484 m or 1,588 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.

Saint-Lizier (Occitan: Sent Líser) is a commune in the Ariège department in southwestern France, situated on the river Salat.

History[edit]

Saint-Lizier has a rich history stretching back to pre Gallo-Roman times. In 72 BC, Pompey, returning from his triumphs in Spain against Sertorius, stopped here. He gathered together the ancient tribes of the area under the name Consorani. The ramparts seen today date from 3rd century AD and enclose the oppidum.

During the fifth century the citadel became an episcopal see, the oldest in the Ariège area. Its first bishop is thought to have been Saint Valier. The town is named in honor of its 6th Century bishop Lycerius, canonized as Saint Lizier, a bishop who participated in the Council of Agde in 506. The town has two former cathedrals: Saint-Lizier Cathedral (now the parish church) and Notre-Dame-de-la-Sède Cathedral.

Population[edit]

Inhabitants of Saint-Lizier are called Licérois.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
19621,635—    
19681,695+3.7%
19751,719+1.4%
19821,855+7.9%
19901,646−11.3%
19991,592−3.3%
20081,466−7.9%

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