Auriac is a commune in the Aude department in the Occitanie region of southern France. The inhabitants of the commune are known as Auriacoises; the commune is located in the Corbières some 35 km south-east of 15 km east of Arques. Access to the commune is by the D212 road which branches from the D613 west of Mouthoumet and goes south through the commune by a tortuous route continues south to join the D10 north-east of Soulatgé. Apart from the village there are the hamlets of Savugnan in the south-west and La Grave north of the village; the whole of the commune is rugged and forested. Many streams rise all over the commune and flow northwards to join the Orbieu which flows through the commune from south-west to north to join the Aude near Raissac-d'Aude. List of Successive Mayors; the evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.
Population change Sources: Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 The commune has one building, registered as an historical monument: The Ruins of a Chateau The commune has one religious building, registered as an historical monument: The Chapel of Saint-André The Church contains one item, registered as an historical object: A Cope and Chasuble Communes of the Aude department Auriac on Google Maps Auriac on Géoportail, National Geographic Institute website Auriac on the 1750 Cassini Map Auriac on the INSEE website INSEE
Bages is a commune in the Aude department in the Occitanie region of southern France. The inhabitants of the commune are known as Bageoises. Bages is located in the urban area of Narbonne on the Canal de la Robine and the Étang de Bages-Sigean some 6 km south-west of Narbonne and 9 km north of Portel-des-Corbières. Access to the commune is by the D6009 road from Narbonne which passes through the centre of the commune and continues south to Salses-le-Château. Access to the village in the east of the commune is by road D105 which branches from the D6009 just north of the commune and goes to the village before continuing south to Peyriac-de-Mer; the A9 autoroute has no exit in the commune. The nearest exit is Exit 38 some 4 km north of the commune which links to the D6009. Apart from the village there are the hamlets of Les Pesquis, Domaine de Java, Prat de Cest; the Étang de Bages-Sigean forms the entire eastern border of the commune with numerous streams flowing from the commune into it such as the Ruisseau Mairal, the Ruisseau de Boutoubouli, the Ruisseau des Potences.
A smaller Lake - the Étang de Saint-Paul - is on the southern border of the commune linked to the much larger Étang de Bages-Sigean with a dam forming the border of the commune. The origins of the site of the present commune date back to prehistoric times. According to historians tools found in Bages attest the presence of man from the Lower Paleolithic. Undoubtedly Neanderthal Cro-Magnon men stayed on the shores of the Narbonne Gulf; the discovery of Neolithic sites proves the existence of significant human communities at that time. It was under Roman occupation. Many plots of land were distributed to senior army veterans and there were numerous luxurious villae; the origin of the current name is thought to have come from this period: BAÏA or BAÏES in Latin meaning "place of pleasure". Few traces remain of this period and they are covered by vegetation; the most important are those of "Castellas" and "Monadières" - important Villae from the beginning of that era. The population of the time left the flat areas to shelter from the wind by moving to the rocky outcrop seen today.
This was a dominant defensive position but the climate and exposure allowed them to live without encroaching on arable land. The Cadran Solaire marks the entrance of the old village. A corner of the Lake can be seen from the steep streets; the village of Bages is on the edge of the lake although agriculture the vineyards, forms the core of its economy. Bages village is considered as a fishing village. List of Successive Mayors In 2010 the commune had 840 inhabitants; the evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger communes that have a sample survey every year. Population change Sources: Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 Art is prominent in the commune with Painters, visual artists, musicians and cabinet makers drawing inspiration. There are two permanent Art galleries: La Maison des Arts and L'Etang Art which has publishing activity through Les Temps d'Art Graphique.
The commune is in the zone of the Vin de pays des Coteaux du Littoral Audois In the fishing village the main produce is eel, prepared in bouillabaisse style. The Monument of the Republic in the Place de Juin 1907 is registered as an historical object; the Church contains several items that are registered as historical objects: A Statue: Saint Delphine of Sabran 2 Statues: Saints Martin of Tours and Paul of Narbonne A Painting: Christ on the cross between Saints Paul of Narbonne and Martin of Tours A Thurible Pierre Dumayet, journalist and French producer, was buried in the cemetery at Bages. Gianfredo Camesi, Swiss artist who lived in Bages in 1975. Jean-Pierre Serre, mathematician, born in Bages. Corbières AOC Communes of the Aude department Jean Guiffan, History of Bages and its inhabitants, Éditions Élysiques, 2007, 233 pages, paperback, ISBN 2-9528777-0-X, ISBN 978-2952877701 Bages on Lion1906 Bages on the 1750 Cassini Map Bages on the INSEE website INSEE
Airoux is a commune in the Aude department in the Occitanie region of southern France. The inhabitants of the commune are known as Airouxois or Airouxoises Airoux is within the urban area of Castelnaudary situated in the Lauragais on the Rigole de la plaine, it is located some 5 km north-west of Castelnaudary and 15 km south-east of Villefranche-de-Lauragais. It can be accessed on road D217 from Labastide-d'Anjou in the south through the village and continuing north-east to Soupex. There is the D1 road from Montmaur in the northwest which passes through the village and continues south-east to Ricaud; the commune consists of farmland with no other villages or hamlets. Numerous streams cover the entire commune with the Rigole of the Canal du Midi passing through the northern part of the commune and forming part of the northern border. An unnamed watercourse forms the whole western border between the Rigole and the Fresquel river which forms the southern border of the commune. Numerous other unnamed streams and watercourses flow to the Fresquel from the commune to the south, south-east, east.
List of Successive Mayors of Airoux Mayors from 1935 The population of the municipality has 42.9% men and 57.1% women. This is older than the age groups of metropolitan France. There are 73 people under 20 years old for every 100 people over 60 years old giving an index of 0.73, while the index for French youth, equal to the division of the proportion under 20 years by the proportion over 60 years, is 1.06. The index for youth of the commune is lower than the department and that of the region. Percentage Distribution of Age Groups in Airoux and Aude Department in 2009 Sources: Evolution and Structure of the population of the Commune in 2009, INSEE. Evolution and Structure of the population of the Department in 2009, INSEE; the commune has two sites that are registered as historical monuments: The Chateau of Airoux A Cemetery Cross Communes of the Aude department County of Razès Cantons of the Aude department Arrondissements of the Aude department Airoux on Lion1906 Airoux on Google Maps Airoux on Géoportail, National Geographic Institute website Areons on the 1750 Cassini Map Airoux on the INSEE website INSEE
Belcaire is a commune in the Aude department, part of the ancient Languedoc province and the present-day Occitanie region in southern France. Communes of the Aude department INSEE
Arzens is a commune in the Aude department in the Occitanie region of southern France. The inhabitants of the commune are known as Arzenaises. Arzens is located in the urban area of Carcassonne some 11 km west of the city. Access to the commune is by road D119 from Carcassonne passing west through the north of the commune and continuing to Montréal. Access to the town is by road D38 from Sainte-Eulalie in the north to the town, by road D35 from Villesèquelande in the north-east, by road D211 from Lavalette in the east which continues to join the D119 in the commune; the D43 road from Montreal in the west to Montclar in the south-east passes through the south of the commune. Road D911 goes south from the town to join the D43 in the commune; the A61 autoroute passes through the north of the commune but has no exit with the nearest being Exit 22 at Bram in the west or Exit 23 for Carcassonne west to the east. The south of the commune is forest with the rest of the commune farmland and residential area around the town.
Numerous streams rise in the commune and flow north to join the Canal du Midi which passes east-west north of the commune. From west to east there are the Ruisseau de Saint-Pietre, the Ruisseau de la Mialauque, the Ruisseau de Falga, the Ruisseau d'Aribaud, the Ruisseau de Fontasse, the Ruisseau du Saut which forms much of the eastern border of the commune. List of Successive Mayors Arzens has twinning associations with: Hattenheim since 1963. Fontanile since 1980. In 2010 the commune had 1,148 inhabitants; the evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year. Population change Sources: Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 Arzens have several structures that are registered as historical monuments; these are: Chateau War Memorial at the Promenade Fountain of the Republic in the Place de la Mairie Several structures and objects have been registered as historical monuments.
These are: Monumental Cross Monument to Saint Dominique Church of Saint-Genès The church contains many objects registered as historical objects. These are: Altar cross Reliquary-Monstrance of Saint Roch Bronze Bell Incense holder and Thurible Casket for holy oil Ciborium Chalice with Paten Arzens is a stage on the Way of St. James. Jean-François de la Rocque de Roberval, Lord of Arzens Achille Laugé, born at Arzens in 1861, died at Cailhau in 1944, pointilist painter, friend of Aristide Maillol Communes of the Aude department Arzens on Lion1906 Arzens on Google Maps Arzens on Géoportail, National Geographic Institute website Arzens on the 1750 Cassini Map Arzens on the INSEE website INSEE
Arques is a commune in the Aude department in the Occitanie region of southern France. The inhabitants of the commune are known as Arquois or Arquoises Arques is located in the Pyrénées mountains some 25 km south-east of Limoux and 25 km north-east of Quillan. Access to the commune is by the D613 road from Serres in the west passing through the village and continuing to Albières in the east; the D54 goes north from the village to Valmigère. At the commune border the D70 follows a tortuous route to Bouisse; the commune is an alpine commune with some farms in the valley. The Rialsesse river flows through the centre of the commune and the village from east to west gathering many tributaries. In the south the Ruisseau de Lait, with many tributaries rising in the commune, flows north-west into the Lac d'Arques which feeds the Rialsesse; the area was owned by the Abbey of Lagrasse in the early 11th century, before coming under the control of the Lords of Termes. In 1231 the region was given by Simon de Montfort to Pierre de Voisins after the Albigensian Crusade.
His successor, Gilles de Voisins, began the construction of the castle in 1280 and the organization of the Bastide. It was the northern barons who came to occupy the land of the Cathar heretics under the order of Pope Innocent III; the dynasty of Voisins was extinguished in 1518 with the marriage of Françoise with Jean de Joyeuse, a member of the House of Joyeuse who therefore became the owner of the lordship and barony of Arques. Arques castle was abandoned in favour of the Château des Ducs de Joyeuse in Couiza. Lords and barons of Arques-barons were hereditary barons of Languedoc and had a permanent seat in the Estates of Languedoc. List of Successive Mayors; the evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year. Population change Sources: Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 The commune has two sites that are registered as historical monuments: The Arques Iron Cross The Château d'Arques Other sites of interestThe Déodat Roché House converted into an exhibition on Catharism The Arboretum du Planel A Sculpture of the Head of a Cleric is registered as an historical object.
The Church contains several items that are registered as historical objects: A Group Sculpture: Saint Anne and child A Tabernacle and Altar seating in the south side chapel A Cross An Altar Cross and 6 Candlesticks A Retable and Tabernacle in the south side chapel Chateau d'Arques Picture Gallery Pierre de Voisins, Lord of Voisins-le-Bretonneux Limoux, Reddes, Caderonne and Bugarach. In 1191 he went on the Third Crusade. In 1209 he took part in the Albigensian Crusade. Lieutenant of Simon de Montfort who entrusted him with several lordships in Carcassonne and Razes after the fall of the Château de Termes, he was Baron of Arques. Anne de Joyeuse, Baron of Arques, Viscount Duke of Joyeuse. Déodat Roché, born on 13 December 1877 at Arques, died on 12 January 1978, historian of Catharism, philosopher, freemason. Victor Boffelli, born on 20 March 1947 at Arques, French rugby player Communes of the Aude department Page on the Chateau d'Arques on the cathares.org website Page on the Chateau d'Arques on the AudeCathare.fr website Arques on Lion1906 Arques on Google Maps Arques on Géoportail, National Geographic Institute website Arques on the 1750 Cassini Map Arques on the INSEE website INSEE
Alairac is a commune in the Aude department in the Occitanie region of southern France. The inhabitants of the commune Alairacoises; the commune is in the urban area of Carcassonne and is located on a hillock at the foot of the Malepère mountain range. Alairac is a traditional circulade village dating to 1000AD; the commune has been part of the agglomeration community called Carcassonne Agglo since 1 January 2010. The commune is located only 6 km south-west of Carcassonne; the Motorway E80 has no exit. The commune can be reached by Road D18 from Carcassone which passes in a south-westerly direction through the heart of the commune towards Cailhau. Road D211 passes through the commune from Arzens in the west to Lavalette in the east passing to the north of Alairac village; the village can be reached by a number of local roads from both the D211 and the D18. The commune is both farmland and forest with a two small hamlets: Les Rougeats. Several streams pass through the commune. In the east the Ruisseau Saint Pierre forms the eastern border of the commune, the Ruisseau de Bonne Mere forms the southern boundary, the Ruisseau du Sout forms the western boundary.
Inside the commune there are several streams with the Ruisseau de Celule Ou Gautel passing near the village. All the streams flow into the Aude river which continues east into the Mediterranean Sea; the village overlooks the plain where the Canal du Midi to the north of the commune towards Carcassone and the view extends over a panorama limited to the north by the Montagne Noire. To the north-east is the city of Carcassonne and to the south the Malepère mountain range covered in oak forest, the domain of wild boar and mushroom collectors; the village has an oceanic climate with a strong Mediterranean influence. This area is dominated by Holly Oak forests which makes it suitable for the cultivation of the grapevines; the summers are temperate and the winters mild. The first written record of the castle appeared in 1063: the time of the probable construction of the circulade; the area belonged to the Count of Foix, the first of, Roger I de Foix, the second son of Bernard-Roger, Count of Bigorre.
Over the years, he exchanged the County of Foix with the Viscount of Carcassonne several times to the Trencavel family. From the 11th century, the village was traversed by one of the paths to Saint Jacques de Compostela called "Path of the Pyrenean Piedmont"; this pilgrimage continued until the 18th century. During the Albigensian Crusade at Easter 1210, Simon de Montfort besieged the castle at Alairac for eleven days at which the people, fearing they may have to surrender, fled by night. In 1309, the last known Cathar perfect, Guillaume Bélibaste, fled Catalonia with Philippe of Alayrac; the latter, on his return home after ten years of exile, was captured and burned. On hearing the sound of an approaching large company from Routiers in 1366, the officers of the Bailiwick of Carcassonne ordered the inhabitants of the castle at Alairac — which belonged to Jean d'Armagnac — to fortify it and destroy the surrounding area. Having failed to execute the order, the Viscount angrily set fire to the castle, burned.
The Count of Armagnac ceded the land of Alairac to the Marquis of Mirepoix in 1404. The lordship was sold at the beginning of the 18th century to a citizen of Carcassonne; this lordship was extinguished by the Revolution in 1789. During the First World War from 1914–18, the village lost nineteen people whose names are inscribed on the memorial; every year on 11 November, this sacrifice is remembered by reading their names during a ceremony attended by schoolchildren. During the Algerian War, many young people from Alairac were called to fight. One of them was killed; every 19 March the laying of wreaths takes place to commemorate the date the Évian Accords came into force. List of Successive Mayors of Alairac Viticulture: Malepère The Circulade of Alairac with its circular boulevard called Rond Saint-Germain: the heart of the village The War memorial surmounted by a Gallic rooster on, inscribed the names of the twenty young men of the village who were killed during the wars of the 20th century A Courtyard shaded by acacias at the primary school dating from 1935 The village is crossed by one of the roads of the Way of Saint James leading to Saint-Jacques de Compostela The commune has several religious buildings and structures that are registered as historical monuments: The Parish Church of Saint Germain with an octagonal bell tower which served as a Fortified tower.
The Church contains two items that are registered as historical objects: A Chalice with Paten A Chalice with Paten The Catuffe Cross on the Chamin des Castelles. The Alairac Cross, a Saint Germain style round cross; the Alain Cazalis Library is associated with the library of the Aude In March there is Printemps de notes, an artistic and musical festival of Alairac in Malepère In May De circulade en circulade is hosted, comprising plays and local bands together with fourteen other circulade villages of Aude. On the first Sunday of June there is a hunting feast with a Mass for Saint Hubert to bless the packs of dogs In the last weekend of July there is the village fete There is a hall for teenagers organised by the CIAS of Carcassonne; this activity is supervised by Mathieu Bruno the organiser. In total one hundred and fifty children were enrolled in the Alairac public school in 2012 which has both a primary school built in 1935 and a kindergarten, built in 2002 From eleven years old most of the chil