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France-Saissac-vue d'ensemble.jpg
Coat of arms of Saissac
Coat of arms
Saissac is located in France
Coordinates: 43°21′42″N 2°10′10″E / 43.3617°N 2.1694°E / 43.3617; 2.1694Coordinates: 43°21′42″N 2°10′10″E / 43.3617°N 2.1694°E / 43.3617; 2.1694
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Aude
Arrondissement Carcassonne
Canton Saissac
Intercommunality Cabardès Montagne Noire
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Odile Seigne
Area1 57.03 km2 (22.02 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 981
 • Density 17/km2 (45/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 11367 / 11310
Elevation 166–742 m (545–2,434 ft)
(avg. 500 m or 1,600 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.

Saissac is a commune in the Aude department in southern France.


The village is perched in the foothills of the Black Mountain at an altitude of 467 m and boasts stunning views of the Vernassonne Gorge as well as the valley plain which stretches between Carcassonne and Castelnaudary.


The name of the village first appeared in the 10th century and originates from the Gallo-Romain Saxiago. The history of the village is strongly linked the Château built in the 10th century.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1789 1,016 —    
1962 587 −42.2%
1968 705 +20.1%
1975 652 −7.5%
1982 709 +8.7%
1990 867 +22.3%
1999 923 +6.5%
2008 981 +6.3%


Near Saissac, there is a transmitter for broadcasting messages to submerged submarines, the La Regine Transmitter. Its mast was built in 1973 and is 330 metres tall – taller than Eiffel Tower.

Château de Saissac

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