Olargues

Olargues is a commune in the Hérault department in the Occitanie region in southern France. It is rated as one of the most beautiful villages in France.[2]

Olargues
A general view of Olargues
A general view of Olargues
Coat of arms of Olargues
Coat of arms
Location of Olargues
Olargues is located in France
Olargues
Olargues
Olargues is located in Occitanie
Olargues
Olargues
Coordinates: 43°33′26″N 2°54′55″E / 43.5572°N 2.9153°E / 43.5572; 2.9153Coordinates: 43°33′26″N 2°54′55″E / 43.5572°N 2.9153°E / 43.5572; 2.9153
CountryFrance
RegionOccitanie
DepartmentHérault
ArrondissementBéziers
CantonSaint-Pons-de-Thomières
IntercommunalityOrb et Jaur
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Jean Arcas
Area
1
18.6 km2 (7.2 sq mi)
Population
 (2017-01-01)[1]
679
 • Density37/km2 (95/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
34187 /34390
Elevation148–760 m (486–2,493 ft)
(avg. 183 m or 600 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Olargues is a good example of a French Medieval town. It was occupied by the Romans, the Vandals and the Visigoths. At the end of the 11th century the Jaur valley came under the authority of the Château of the Viscount of Minerve. The following centuries saw a succession of wars and epidemics, and it was not until the 18th century that Olargues became re-established. This was due to the prosperity of local agriculture and artisanal industry.

AttractionsEdit

 
Devil's bridge and tower in Orlargues

Pont du DiableEdit

The "Devil's Bridge" is said to date back to 1202 and is reputed to be the scene of transactions between the people of Olargues and the "devil". The old village is clustered around the belltower, which was formerly the main tower of the castle (Romanesque construction). The old shops have marble frontages and overhanging upper storeys. A museum of popular traditions and art is to be found in the stairs of the Commanderie.

PopulationEdit

YearPop.±%
17931,007—    
18001,037+3.0%
18061,068+3.0%
18211,224+14.6%
18311,298+6.0%
18361,212−6.6%
18411,161−4.2%
18461,143−1.6%
18511,145+0.2%
18561,058−7.6%
18611,017−3.9%
18661,016−0.1%
18721,078+6.1%
18761,040−3.5%
18811,048+0.8%
18861,221+16.5%
1891955−21.8%
1896909−4.8%
1901913+0.4%
1906891−2.4%
1911864−3.0%
1921740−14.4%
1926810+9.5%
1931822+1.5%
1936755−8.2%
1946707−6.4%
1954622−12.0%
1962693+11.4%
1968590−14.9%
1975518−12.2%
1982529+2.1%
1990512−3.2%
1999571+11.5%
2008603+5.6%
2011640+6.1%
2014666+4.1%

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2017". INSEE. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  2. ^ Les plus beaux villages de France