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Roquefort-sur-Soulzon (Occitan: Ròcafòrt) is a commune in the Aveyron department in southern France.

Roquefort-sur-Soulzon
A general view of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon
A general view of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon
Coat of arms of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon
Coat of arms
Location of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon
Roquefort-sur-Soulzon is located in France
Roquefort-sur-Soulzon
Roquefort-sur-Soulzon
Roquefort-sur-Soulzon is located in Occitanie
Roquefort-sur-Soulzon
Roquefort-sur-Soulzon
Coordinates: 43°58′39″N 2°59′23″E / 43.9775°N 2.9897°E / 43.9775; 2.9897Coordinates: 43°58′39″N 2°59′23″E / 43.9775°N 2.9897°E / 43.9775; 2.9897
CountryFrance
RegionOccitanie
DepartmentAveyron
ArrondissementMillau
CantonSaint-Affrique
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Bernard Sirgue
Area
1
17.03 km2 (6.58 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
588
 • Density35/km2 (89/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
12203 /12250
Elevation424–828 m (1,391–2,717 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Roquefort is located on the Causse du Larzac and is famous for its ewe derived products including milk, cloth, meat, eyes, and hoof ornaments. Much of the activity in the commune centres on the production and distribution of Roquefort cheese. To be legally termed Roquefort cheese, it must follow the rules laid down by the federal standards of the Appelation d’Origine. According to archaeologists, the cheese making process in the specific caves dates back to 900 C.E.[2]

A visitor centre illustrates the process of making Roquefort cheese and offers guests a chance to sample and purchase the product. Visitors can also visit the Cambalou caves which are 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) long and 300 metres (980 ft) wide in which the cheeses are aged before they are ready to be sold.


YearPop.±%
19621,488—    
19681,349−9.3%
1975949−29.7%
1982880−7.3%
1990789−10.3%
1999679−13.9%
2008685+0.9%

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Société des Caves de Roquefort". Atlas Obscura.

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