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Saint-Lizier cloister
Saint-Lizier cloister
Coat of arms of Saint-Lizier
Coat of arms
Saint-Lizier is located in France
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
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Ariège
Arrondissement Saint-Girons
Canton Saint-Lizier
Intercommunality Saint-Girons
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Étienne Dedieu
Area1 9.01 km2 (3.48 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 1,466
 • Density 160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 09268 /09190
Elevation 368–578 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 is a commune in the Ariège department in southwestern France.


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.


Inhabitants of Saint-Lizier are called Licérois.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 1,635 —    
1968 1,695 +3.7%
1975 1,719 +1.4%
1982 1,855 +7.9%
1990 1,646 −11.3%
1999 1,592 −3.3%
2008 1,466 −7.9%

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