Saint-Affrique

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Saint-Affrique
The bridge and church in Saint-Affrique
The bridge and church in Saint-Affrique
Coat of arms of Saint-Affrique
Coat of arms
Location of Saint-Affrique
Saint-Affrique is located in France
Saint-Affrique
Saint-Affrique
Saint-Affrique is located in Occitanie
Saint-Affrique
Saint-Affrique
Coordinates: 43°57′33″N 2°53′14″E / 43.9592°N 2.8872°E / 43.9592; 2.8872Coordinates: 43°57′33″N 2°53′14″E / 43.9592°N 2.8872°E / 43.9592; 2.8872
CountryFrance
RegionOccitanie
DepartmentAveyron
ArrondissementMillau
CantonSaint-Affrique
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Alain Fauconnier (PS)
Area
1
110.96 km2 (42.84 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
8,847
 • Density80/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
12208 /12400
Elevation279–720 m (915–2,362 ft)
(avg. 330 m or 1,080 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Saint-Affrique (Occitan: Sant Africa) is a commune in the Aveyron department in Southern France.

History[edit]

Saint-Affrique grew in the 6th century around the tomb of St. Africain, bishop of Comminges. In the 12th century a fortress was built on the neighboring rock of Caylus; the possession of Saint-Affrique was vigorously contested during the French Wars of Religion. It was eventually occupied by the Huguenots until 1629, when it was seized and dismantled by a royal army.

Geography[edit]

The Sorgues, a tributary of the Dourdou de Camarès, flows through the commune and crosses the town; the Dourdou de Camarès flows northwestward through the western part of the commune and forms part of its northwestern border.

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
17934,527—    
18005,590+23.5%
18065,348−4.3%
18216,008+12.3%
18316,336+5.5%
18366,421+1.3%
18416,208−3.3%
18466,760+8.9%
18516,618−2.1%
18566,760+2.1%
18616,807+0.7%
18667,046+3.5%
18727,214+2.4%
18767,622+5.7%
18817,598−0.3%
18867,177−5.5%
18917,223+0.6%
18967,026−2.7%
19016,699−4.7%
19066,571−1.9%
19116,495−1.2%
19216,211−4.4%
19266,181−0.5%
19316,592+6.6%
19366,881+4.4%
19467,455+8.3%
19547,236−2.9%
19627,142−1.3%
19687,674+7.4%
19758,223+7.2%
19828,475+3.1%
19907,798−8.0%
19997,507−3.7%
20088,112+8.1%

Sights[edit]

An old bridge over the Sorgue and some megaliths in the neighborhood, especially, the dolmen of Tiergues, are of antiquarian interest.

Personalities[edit]

Saint-Affrique was the birthplace of:

International relations[edit]

Saint-Affrique prize[edit]

The Grand Prix of Saint-Affrique has been awarded to noted Parisian painters since the second part of the 20th century, it consists of a month-long stay of at the hotel of famous chef François Decucq during which the painters could visit and paint one of the most beautiful county of France. Some prize winners: Daniel du Janerand, Maurice Boitel.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • INSEE
  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "St Affrique" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 23 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 1011.
  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.

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