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

Lagrasse
The old bridge in Lagrasse
The old bridge in Lagrasse
Coat of arms of Lagrasse
Coat of arms
Location of Lagrasse
Lagrasse is located in France
Lagrasse
Lagrasse
Lagrasse is located in Occitanie
Lagrasse
Lagrasse
Coordinates: 43°05′28″N 2°37′10″E / 43.091°N 2.6195°E / 43.091; 2.6195Coordinates: 43°05′28″N 2°37′10″E / 43.091°N 2.6195°E / 43.091; 2.6195
CountryFrance
RegionOccitanie
DepartmentAude
ArrondissementNarbonne
CantonLes Corbières
IntercommunalityCanton de Lagrasse
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) René Ortega
Area
1
32.2 km2 (12.4 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
560
 • Density17/km2 (45/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
11185 /11220
Elevation82–586 m (269–1,923 ft)
(avg. 108 m or 354 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Lagrasse is part of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France association ("The most beautiful villages of France").[2]

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GeographyEdit

Lagrasse is about 30 km (19 mi) southeast of Carcassonne. It lies in the valley of the River Orbieu, at the foot of the Pyrenees.

HistoryEdit

Lagrasse dates from the time the abbey was built. Permission for the construction was given by Charlemagne in 783.

PopulationEdit

YearPop.±%
1962622—    
1968665+6.9%
1975623−6.3%
1982696+11.7%
1990704+1.1%
1999615−12.6%
2006603−2.0%
2008599−0.7%

SightsEdit

The two highlights of the village are the eponymous Abbey[3] and the bridges, although the narrow medieval streets of the village itself are also very attractive, and remains of the town walls can still be seen.

EconomyEdit

The region is renowned for the wine produced in the surrounding hills - this is the Corbières wine region, the largest wine-producing region in France.

The village is now home to numerous pottery workers and artists, and host numerous cultural and intellectual festivals such as "Le Banquet du Livre"

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ List of "Plus Beaux Villages de France"
  3. ^ St. Mary's Abbey, Lagrasse Archived 2008-05-13 at the Wayback Machine