Sournia

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Sournia

Sornian
A general view of Sournia
A general view of Sournia
Coat of arms of Sournia
Coat of arms
Location of Sournia
Sournia is located in France
Sournia
Sournia
Sournia is located in Occitanie
Sournia
Sournia
Coordinates: 42°43′43″N 2°26′34″E / 42.7286°N 2.4428°E / 42.7286; 2.4428Coordinates: 42°43′43″N 2°26′34″E / 42.7286°N 2.4428°E / 42.7286; 2.4428
CountryFrance
RegionOccitanie
DepartmentPyrénées-Orientales
ArrondissementPrades
CantonLa Vallée de l'Agly
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Paul Blanc
Area
1
29.99 km2 (11.58 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
502
 • Density17/km2 (43/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
66198 /66730
Elevation380–1,234 m (1,247–4,049 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.

Sournia (Sornian in the Occitan language) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in the Occitanie region of south-western France. Its inhabitants are known as Sourniannais.

Geography[edit]

Sournia is a town of the Fenouillèdes, the languedocienne part of the Pyrénées-Orientales, in the canton of La Vallée de l'Agly and in the arrondissement of Prades. The river Désix runs through the village. Sournia is 22 km from Ille-sur-Têt and from Vinça, 24 km from Prades and from Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet, 30 km from Latour-de-France and 34 km from Axat.
The commune is covered by the quality wine standard AOC 'Côtes-du-Roussillon'.
Sournia is crossed by the long distance footpath, GR 36.

Map of Sournia and its surrounding communes

Administration[edit]

The current mayor of Sournia is Paul Blanc, a senator, of the centre-right and right wing party UMP founded by Jacques Chirac.

Population[edit]

The population of Sournia in 2013 was 501 people.

Graph of population change 1794-1999

Population 1962-2008

For some reason at the end of the 19th century, the population of Sournia seemed to have a reputation for having one of the longest longevity in France, even though this fact was not clearly verified.[2]

Places of interest[edit]

  • Ruins of the former church of Saint-Michel from the tenth century.
  • The ancient church of Sainte-Félicité from the tenth and eleventh centuries.
  • Church of Arsa from the twelfth century.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ (in French) Fabricio Cardenas, Vieux papiers des Pyrénées-Orientales, Record de longévité à Sournia en 1897 , 3 January 2015