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Aude
Aude
(French: [od]; Occitan: [ˈawðe]) is a department in south-central France named after the river Aude.[1] The local council also calls the department " Cathar
Cathar
Country" after a group of religious dissidents active in the 15th century.

Carcassonne, préfecture of the department traversed by the Aude river.

Aude
Aude
is a frequent feminine French given name in Francophone countries, deriving initially from Aude
Aude
or Oda, a wife of Bertrand, Duke of Aquitaine, and mother of Eudo, brother of Saint Hubertus. Aude was the name of Roland's fiancée in the chansons de geste.

Contents

1 Geography

1.1 Location 1.2 Natural regions 1.3 Landscapes 1.4 Geology 1.5 Climate 1.6 Hydrography

2 History

2.1 Prehistory 2.2 Roman Era 2.3 Barbarian invasions 2.4 Middle Ages 2.5 Catharism
Catharism
in Aude 2.6 The Protestant Crisis and Economic Expansion of the department 2.7 The Creation of the Department 2.8 The 20th Century 2.9 Heraldry

3 Economy

3.1 Overview 3.2 Agriculture and fisheries 3.3 Viticulture 3.4 Industry and energy 3.5 Crafts

4 Demography 5 Transport 6 Politics 7 Education 8 Culture

8.1 Festivals and traditions 8.2 Sport 8.3 Gastronomy 8.4 The Occitan
Occitan
language

9 Tourism

9.1 Overview of Tourist Areas 9.2 Architectural heritage 9.3 Caving 9.4 Secondary Housing

10 Arts in the Department

10.1 Cinema 10.2 Painters

11 Notable people linked to the Department 12 Miscellaneous 13 Bibliography 14 See also 15 Notes and references

15.1 Notes 15.2 References

16 External links

Geography[edit] Location[edit] Aude
Aude
is located between the Mediterranean Sea
Mediterranean Sea
and the Pyrenees mountains. It is part of the current region of Occitanie. It is surrounded by the departments of Pyrénées-Orientales, Ariège, Haute-Garonne, Tarn, and Hérault, with the Golfe du Lion
Golfe du Lion
on the east. Natural regions[edit]

Natural regions of the Aude

The countryside in this department falls into several natural regions:

1 – Lauragais 2 – Montagne Noire 3 – Cabardès 4 – Carcassonais 5 – Razès 6 – Quercorb 7 – Pays de Sault 8 – Minervois 9 – Corbières 10 – Narbonnais

Landscapes[edit]

Mountain landscape in the Razès
Razès
at Quillan

Each natural region of the Aude
Aude
has its own particular landscape. In the east, lagoons or coastal lakes form a barrier between land and sea. These were formed by accumulated sediments brought down by the rivers Aude, Orb and Hérault. There are many such lakes of brackish water. This environment is demanding for flora and fauna, as it suffers from the rigours of sea, sun, dryness and floods. Halophile (i.e., salt-loving) plants grow there. The area is also noted for the pink flamingo and white stilt. Inland to the east, shrub and scrub dominate the landscape of the drylands of the Aude
Aude
and Corbières. This landscape is the result of forest clearance and was maintained by the raising of livestock. The flora is varied and typical with many species of orchids. The Sault countryside is dominated by beech groves and fir plantations up to the mountains. These forests are known for their mushrooms and have a rich flora and fauna, including the Pyrenean lily, the euproctis moth and horsetail of the woods. To the north and west, the Black Mountain country is made up of forests of oak and beech. The Lauragais is a wooded landscape where grain farming has shaped the hills. There are bodies of water like the Lac de la Ganguise. Finally, the high valley of the Aude, otherwise called the Razès, consists of a riparian forest made of beech, alder, poplar or ash. It includes some peatlands that are very rare in southern France. Geology[edit]

Relief map with some main towns

The landscapes of Aude
Aude
can be explained by geology. In the south, there are sedimentary rocks folded during the formation of the Pyrenees. To the north and centre, the sedimentary rocks are less folded. At the extreme east, near the Mediterranean, the rocks are carved by normal collapse faults which are due to the opening of the Golfe du Lion. The Black Mountain and Minervois
Minervois
to the north consist of schist and marble forming the southern boundary of the Massif Central. These ancient rocks were formed over 300 million years ago and deformed by the formation of the Hercynian
Hercynian
chain. The Montagne d'Alaric (Alaric's Mountain) is an antiform fold in the shape of a vault and made of limestone. Climate[edit] Aude
Aude
is under the influence of a Mediterranean climate. The autumn is characterized by violent and short storms. The summer is often hot and dry, which is favorable to the culture of the vine and the olive-trees. Yet, the department has several contrasts in climate: In the north, the Montagne Noire
Montagne Noire
and, in the south, the Pays de Sault, have a mountainous climate with temperatures sometimes very low in winter. In the west, the climate is under Aquitaine
Aquitaine
influence with heavier precipitation, while in the east the climate is purely Mediterranean. In the centre, in the Limouxin, Carcassonnais and Razès
Razès
areas, the climate is known as intermediary with significant exposure to winds. The winds are often present in Aude. It is one of the windiest French departments, with 300 to 350 days of wind per year. This phenomenon is due mostly to the variations in relief north and south which create a kind of corridor. In the north-west blows the Cers, called Tramontane in Provence, which is a ground wind. It is a dry, somewhat violent wind and cold in winter. In the south-east blows the Autan, locally called the Marin, which is hot and wet and comes from the sea. These regular winds made it possible to install an industrial park of wind turbines, as in the area of Avignonet-Lauragais.

Comparison of local Meteorological data with other cities in France[2]

Town Sunshine

(hours/yr) Rain

(mm/yr) Snow

(days/yr) Storm

(days/yr) Fog

(days/yr)

National Average 1,973 770 14 22 40

Carcassonne[3] 2,130 584 7 19 14

Paris 1,661 637 12 18 10

Nice 2,724 767 1 29 1

Strasbourg 1,693 665 29 29 56

Brest 1,605 1,211 7 12 75

Climate data for Carcassonne

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Average high °C (°F) 9.7 (49.5) 11.1 (52) 14.4 (57.9) 17.0 (62.6) 21.0 (69.8) 25.4 (77.7) 28.6 (83.5) 28.3 (82.9) 24.5 (76.1) 19.3 (66.7) 13.5 (56.3) 10.3 (50.5) 18.6 (65.5)

Daily mean °C (°F) 6.4 (43.5) 7.4 (45.3) 10.0 (50) 12.4 (54.3) 16.2 (61.2) 20.1 (68.2) 22.9 (73.2) 22.7 (72.9) 19.3 (66.7) 15.3 (59.5) 10.1 (50.2) 7.1 (44.8) 14.2 (57.6)

Average low °C (°F) 3.1 (37.6) 3.6 (38.5) 5.6 (42.1) 7.7 (45.9) 11.4 (52.5) 14.8 (58.6) 17.2 (63) 17.0 (62.6) 14.0 (57.2) 11.2 (52.2) 6.6 (43.9) 3.8 (38.8) 9.7 (49.5)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 62.0 (2.441) 47.6 (1.874) 47.2 (1.858) 66.3 (2.61) 55.1 (2.169) 40.2 (1.583) 22.7 (0.894) 37.0 (1.457) 38.8 (1.528) 54.3 (2.138) 52.5 (2.067) 59.8 (2.354) 583.5 (22.972)

Average precipitation days (≥ 1 mm) 9.1 7.2 7.5 9.5 7.4 4.9 3.8 5.3 5.2 7.7 8.4 8.6 84.6

Mean monthly sunshine hours 94.7 116.5 168.9 186.6 209.8 253.1 276.5 260.8 218.6 147.4 103.1 93.5 2,129.5

Source: Meteorological data for Carcassonne
Carcassonne
- 126m altitude, from 1981 to 2010 January 2015 (in French)

Hydrography[edit] The drainage system of Aude
Aude
is dominated by its river of the same name. The river rises at the Roc d' Aude
Aude
and passes through the Matemale
Matemale
and Puyvalador
Puyvalador
dams on the Capcir plateau at 1500m, then crosses the department from south to north across Axat, Limoux, and Quillan
Quillan
following the upper valley of the Aude. At Carcassonne, the river changes direction toward the Mediterranean Sea
Mediterranean Sea
to the east, where it empties near Fleury. History[edit] Prehistory[edit]

Skull of Tautavel Man
Tautavel Man
discovered at Tautavel, not far from Aude

Human traces have been found dating from 1,500,000 BC in the form of hammers and worked tools on the hill of Grazailles at Carcassonne. The most interesting discovery, however, is that of the skull of Tautavel Man, made by Henry de Lumley
Henry de Lumley
in 1971 in the commune of Tautavel
Tautavel
in the Pyrénées-Orientales
Pyrénées-Orientales
department.[4] It is the oldest skull known in Europe. It dates from about 450,000 years BC. It is likely that Tautavel Man
Tautavel Man
lived in all of this region. Roman Era[edit] The Romans, led by the consul-general Domitius Ahenobarbus, first occupied Narbonne
Narbonne
in 118 BC on the oppidum of Montlaurès. This became the provincial capital and a very active mercantile port. The position was strategically important since it stood at the crossroads of two Roman roads, the Via Aquitania
Via Aquitania
and the Via Domitia, as well as by the sea near the mouth of the River Aude. Carcassonne
Carcassonne
became Latin
Latin
in 30 BC with the creation of numerous grain farms. For almost two centuries, Aude
Aude
enjoyed peace and strong economic growth. Barbarian invasions[edit] The Visigoths
Visigoths
invaded the area in 435 AD at a time when Flavius Aetius, the Roman senator, was busy suppressing the Bagaudes, who were brigands or lawless types in central and northern Gaul. Roman authority was restored until 462. In 507, the victory of Clovis I
Clovis I
at the battle of Vouillé permitted him to conquer Toulouse
Toulouse
and Aquitaine. However, he could not recover the Aude
Aude
territory, which remained in the hands of the Visigoths, thanks to the help of the King of the Ostrogoths. His troops defeated Clovis's son in 508. The region was part of Septimania, so called because it was composed of seven bishoprics that the Visigoth kings had established there: Elne, Agde, Narbonne, Lodève, Béziers, Maguelonne, and Nîmes. Septimania covered the Aude
Aude
but also the whole region of Languedoc-Roussillon. Middle Ages[edit] In 817, Louis le Débonnaire
Louis le Débonnaire
detached Carcassès and Razès
Razès
from Septimania
Septimania
to reunite them with the marquisate of Toulouse
Toulouse
and the kingdom of Aquitaine. The first Count of Carcassonne
Carcassonne
was Oliba from the family of the Counts of Barcelona who established himself in 819. Razès
Razès
was another county that was formed by an archbishop of Narbonne who had been chased from his town by the Saracens. He had transferred his episcopal seat to Razès
Razès
and had procured the honours of the feudal title for the area. Narbonne
Narbonne
formed a third county. Thus, the Aude
Aude
department was formed in the ninth century from three counties: Carcassonne, Razès
Razès
and Narbonne. In 880, the County of Razès
Razès
was united by marriage to that of Carcassonne, never to be separated. Catharism
Catharism
in Aude[edit] In the 13th century, the region saw the development of Catharism, a dualistic Christian sect with similarities to Gnosticism. This religion was very quickly judged to be heretical by the Catholic Church. Faced with its growing strength in the counties of Carcassonne and Toulouse, Pope Innocent III
Pope Innocent III
in 1209 declared a crusade against the Albigensians. The barons of the north united to form an army under the command of Simon de Montfort. Whereas the count of Toulouse
Toulouse
Raymond VI received absolution, the Count of Carcassonne
Carcassonne
confronted the army alone. The city of Carcassonne
Carcassonne
became the refuge of numerous Cathars. The Protestant Crisis and Economic Expansion of the department[edit] In 1561, religious troubles appeared at Carcassonne
Carcassonne
in the form of a Protestant crisis. Duke Henri I de Montmorency, the Governor of the Languedoc, joined the Reformed
Reformed
side in 1574. On the Catholic side, the Duke Anne de Joyeuse
Anne de Joyeuse
became head of the Catholic League. Henri II de Montmorency was defeated at the Battle of Castelnaudary
Castelnaudary
in September 1632 against the royal troops then was condemned to death and executed at Toulouse. The Creation of the Department[edit] The present department is one of the original 83 departments created by the Constituent Assembly
Constituent Assembly
during the French Revolution
French Revolution
on 4 March 1790. It was created from part of the former province of Languedoc. Administrative divisions were amended by the Act of 28 Pluviôse
Pluviôse
of Year 8, which created four arrondissements (reduced to three by Premier Raymond Poincaré
Raymond Poincaré
in 1926) and reduced the number of cantons from 45 to 31. The 20th Century[edit] The Aude
Aude
enjoyed strong wine production while grain farmers of Lauragais faced great difficulties. However, the department suffered from oversupply and a slump in sales of wine. In 1907 the crisis produced a winemakers’ revolt. This led to the establishment of many Winemaking cooperatives in Aude
Aude
from 1909. Heraldry[edit]

Blazon: Gules, a cross of Toulouse
Toulouse
Or within a bordure embattled argent.

Economy[edit] Overview[edit]

Economically active population by economic sector, 1999[5]

Agriculture 10,017 people

Industry 11,093 people

Construction 6,388 people

Tertiary sector 76,928 people

Agriculture and fisheries[edit]

Entry to the port of Leucate

Aude
Aude
is an agricultural area dominated by vineyards. In the east are the wines of Corbieres and La Clape, in the centre are Minervois
Minervois
and Côtes de Malepère, and in the south Limoux
Limoux
wine. In Lauragais grain is predominant, whereas in the Montagne Noire
Montagne Noire
only sheep farming is possible. More recently there has been an increase in cultivation of olive trees for their oil. Port-la-Nouvelle
Port-la-Nouvelle
is the biggest fishing port in the department followed by Gruissan. In 1996 there were 127 vessels in Aude
Aude
including 75 in Port-la-Nouvelle
Port-la-Nouvelle
and 52 in Gruissan.[6] These vessels were as follows:

Fishing trawlers: 19 in Port-la-Nouvelle tuna boats: 2 in Port-la-Nouvelle small craft: 106 including 54 in Port-La-Nouvelle and 52 in Gruissan

Small craft are recreational boats such as dinghies with one man fishing a lake or motor launches with up to three people fishing in coastal waters. About 85% of small craft are intended for lake fishing as in the Étang de Thau. Viticulture[edit]

Map of wine growing areas of the Aude

Viticulture
Viticulture
is the main economic activity of the department due to its rich and varied soils. It was the Greeks who established vineyards in Aude
Aude
and the Romans who determined the rights of exploitation. The first vines were planted in Minervois
Minervois
in the 1st century. But the grapes and wines were not consumer products or self-sufficient for many years. Cereals and olive trees dominated the fertile plains of Aude. It was at the beginning of the 19th century that the wine industry developed in Aude
Aude
and the rest of Languedoc-Roussillon. Wine then became a consumer product. Higher output was needed and vineyards replaced cereals on the plains. There was an initial period of prosperity to 1850 before phylloxera appeared towards 1870. At the end of the 19th century, Aude
Aude
experienced a second period of prosperity but there was a wine crisis triggered in 1901 because of over-production, fraud, and slumping sales. It reached its peak during the winemakers revolt in 1907. The wine growers regrouped themselves into winemaking cooperatives to prevent fraud and deception. In 1919 then in 1935, a law of AOC was adopted under the leadership of Jean Capus. The INAO
INAO
was set up as a body to control the application of the new laws. After the Second World War, the vineyards were revitalized and the region saw a mass of viticulture. The wine was produced in large quantities and satisfied a very demanding population. The product was supplied in large quantities at very low prices. In 1970 the market evolved replacing demand for quantity with demand for quality and causing a second wine crisis. Many events, negotiations, and attacks paralyzed the region and the economy. Emile Pouytès and the CRS Joel le Gof died at Montredon-des-Corbières
Montredon-des-Corbières
on 4 March 1976 during this crisis. A large change in the Aude
Aude
viticulture business started with a reorganization of the profession and the wine-growing region. Quality had to become the mark of wine from Aude. The rich and varied soil of Aude
Aude
together with abundant sunshine abounds enables Aude
Aude
to produce quality wines. Many wines emanate from the department, ranging in quality from table wines to AOCs, passing through vins de pays and VDQS. There are seven main areas of production:

Cabardès
Cabardès
AOC (1), Corbières AOC
Corbières AOC
(6), Côtes Malepère AOC near Carcassonne
Carcassonne
(2), Coteaux du Languedoc
Languedoc
on the plain of Narbonnais (5), Fitou AOC
Fitou AOC
(7), Limoux
Limoux
wine (3), Minervois
Minervois
AOC (4).

These areas produce different wines such as Blanquette de Limoux, Chardonnay
Chardonnay
and sparkling wine from Limoux, La Clape, Corbières, Fitou, and Cabardès. Industry and energy[edit] Industrial activity is strong in the upper valley of the Aude. It has been especially prominent around Limoux
Limoux
since the late nineteenth century; and the Lafarge brick plant there is still booming. Since the 1970s, however, the Aude
Aude
has seen a rapid decline in its traditional industries such as shoe and hat making. More recent activity is mostly centred around Narbonne, particularly dock facilities and oil depots in Port-la-Nouvelle. From 1889, the high valley of Aude
Aude
became increasingly important in generating hydroelectric power. Aude
Aude
was the first department in France to transmit such power, from its plants at Alet-les-Bains
Alet-les-Bains
and Quillan. Joachim Estrade established the first electricity company in France, the Southern Power Transmission Company (SMTF), in 1901. Its plant at Axat-Saint-Georges supplied the cities of Carcassonne
Carcassonne
and Narbonne
Narbonne
at 20 kilovolts. Today Aude
Aude
is the leading department in France for the number of wind turbines installed. There are 113 in operation. They produce some 91 megawatts, which is the domestic electricity consumption of about 100,000 people.[7] With the proliferation of these machines, the prefecture is seeking to establish with stakeholders a charter of good conduct for wind turbines. Crafts[edit] Crafts
Crafts
are very well represented in Aude
Aude
with 14.6% of the population involved. Some 5,400 businesses operating in 250 craft professions achieved in the late 1990s an annual turnover of 3 billion francs (400 million Euros).[8] Demography[edit] The inhabitants of Aude
Aude
are known as ‘Audois’. The 1990 census confirmed a growth in population since the 1960s with about 700 people more per year. This growth is explained by the return of pensioners aged over 60 years to their place of origin and to immigration from the Mediterranean basin.[9] At the last census, the population of Aude
Aude
represented 0.5% of the French population and 14.1% of the population of Languedoc-Roussillon. It is predominantly rural with a density of 48 inhabitants per km², which is slightly less than half the national average. The two main cities, Carcassonne
Carcassonne
and Narbonne, are medium-sized cities comprising only one third of the inhabitants of the department. In 2009, the department had 353,980 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known through the population censuses conducted in the department since 1791. From the 21st century, a census of municipalities with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1] Population change (See database)

1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851

239,642 225,228 240,993 253,194 270,125 281,080 284,285 289,661 289,747

1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896

282,833 283,606 288,626 285,927 300,065 327,942 332,080 317,372 310,513

1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954

313,531 308,327 300,537 287,052 291,951 296,880 285,115 268,889 268,254

1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2007 2009 -

269,782 278,323 272,366 280,686 298,712 309,962 345,779 353,980 -

Sources : Historical data of Aude
Aude
department on the SPLAF website Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

Transport[edit] Two major roads cross the Aude. From west to east the A61 autoroute (Autoroute des Deux Mers) connects Narbonne
Narbonne
and Toulouse
Toulouse
via Carcassonne. From north to south, following the Mediterranean coast, the A9 autoroute
A9 autoroute
links Montpellier
Montpellier
with Spain. The rail network follows the same route as the road network. It is a low speed system, but a project is under way to build a fast line to Spain
Spain
as part of the Trans-European Rail network. Finally, Aude
Aude
is crossed by the Canal du Midi
Canal du Midi
which is a major waterway that allows tourists to pass from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. It comes into the west of Aude
Aude
at Seuil de Naurouze then joins the Mediterranean at Sète. Politics[edit]

Map of arrondissements and cantons of Aude

The people of Aude
Aude
expressed royalist opinions until the end of the Bourbon Restoration. In 1830 republican ideas began to develop and made this department a bastion of the left. This growth is symbolized by two men, Armand Barbès
Armand Barbès
and Theophile Marcou. Armand Barbès
Armand Barbès
is a symbol of the struggle for a social democratic Republic. It was in Aude
Aude
that François Mitterrand
François Mitterrand
had his highest score in the 1981 presidential election with just over 63% of the vote. Only affluent coastal areas surrounding Narbonne
Narbonne
and the department's prefecture, Carcassonne
Carcassonne
give consideration to the right. The President of the General Council is Marcel Rainaud of the Socialist Party.

Party seats

• Socialist Party 26

Union for a Popular Movement 4

• French Communist Party 2

• Left Radical Party 1

• Miscellaneous Left 1

Independent Workers' Party 1

Education[edit] Aude
Aude
department in 2008 had 364 primary schools (schools of the first degree) serving 30,771 students. [10] Between 2000 and 2007, primary school enrollment steadily increased from 28,331 students to 30,491 students[10] At secondary level, the department had 31 colleges and 17 public and private high schools for about 23,000 students in 2006.[10] Education in Aude
Aude
now includes teaching in the Occitan
Occitan
language. Culture[edit] Festivals and traditions[edit] The Carnival of Limoux
Limoux
is an Aude
Aude
festival which takes place over a period of ten weeks or more. This is one of the longest carnivals in the world. It takes place in the town of Limoux
Limoux
on the Place de la République every weekend from mid-January to the end of March. It is characterized by bands in Pierrot
Pierrot
costumes (known as les fécos) accompanied by musicians. In the region around Limoux
Limoux
a major celebration of gastronomy known as Toques et Clochers (literally, "Tall Hats & Steeples’) organized by the winegrowers from Sieur d'Arques’ takes place over the weekend of Palm Sunday. It permits the sale of a large quantity of wine in order to enhance local patronage. Sport[edit] Aude
Aude
is the land of rugby league (rugby à XIII) with the teams of Limoux, Carcassonne
Carcassonne
and Lézignan among the elite. Puig Aubert (1925–1994) was a famous rugby league player who played with AS Carcassonne. There are numerous amateur rugby league clubs dotted all over the area. Rugby union (rugby à XV) is also played in Aude. It appeared early in the twentieth century and the US- Quillan
Quillan
club dominated in the late 1920s. Jean Bourrel won the title in 1929 against Lézignan. After the Second World War, the Carcassonne
Carcassonne
team took the lead. Recently, however, rugby union in the Aude
Aude
has faced an uphill struggle in a sport that has become both globalized and more professional. The Narbonne
Narbonne
team (known as Racing Club Narbonne-Mediterranean) has nevertheless managed to develop in the Pro D2 championship. Every 15 August, in Quillan, an international cycling competition takes place. This is the oldest of such contests in France. The Tour de l'Aude is one of the most important female cycling events in the calendar. It generally takes place in May. Gastronomy[edit]

Cassoulet
Cassoulet
as served at Carcassonne

Fréginat, a traditional type of fricasee of pork from Corbières, can be found throughout the department. It is made from pork and pig’s liver with a local variety of white beans (Lingots de Castelnaudary) flavoured with garigue herbs. On the coast, eel stew (borrida d’anguilles) is a dish of choice. Finally, the cassoulet of Castelnaudary, made from white beans and sausage, is a typical dish of the Lauragais. Other specialties exist such as oysters from Gruissan
Gruissan
and Leucate. Olive
Olive
oil is also very widespread in the Aude
Aude
and is a speciality of Bize-Minervois. Cartagena is a liqueur marketed by some manufacturers. Finally, the Blanquette de Limoux
Limoux
is a sparkling white wine popular in the department whose origin dates back to the sixteenth century. The Occitan
Occitan
language[edit] Occitan
Occitan
is spoken in the Aude
Aude
in its Languedoc
Languedoc
variant. The Occitan language emerged during the High Middle Ages
Middle Ages
from the Latin
Latin
used in the south of Gaul. In Aude, Occitan
Occitan
was rarely used in writing before the 11th century. However, several poets and troubadours such as Raimon de Miraval
Raimon de Miraval
used language based on courtly love[clarification needed] in the 12th and 13th centuries. In the 14th and 15th centuries, Occitan
Occitan
was used to draw up local administrative documents. In the 16th century Occitan was used less in comparison with royal French, whose use was made compulsory by the edict of Villers-Cotterêts
Villers-Cotterêts
in 1539. However, it survived very well among the people until the 19th century, when public schools were established with teaching solely in French. In the 1970s and 1980s, new demands were made for the dignity of the language and for its teaching. Occitan
Occitan
speech reached a wider audience and singers like Claudi Marti, Mans de Brèish, and La Sauze promoted its use. Tourism[edit]

Beach at Leucate-La Franqui

Aude
Aude
is a tourist department with a rich cultural heritage and varied natural sites. Since the 1990s, the Aude
Aude
has developed the attractiveness of its territory by focusing on the development of the publicity surrounding Catharism. The Aude
Aude
has been named Cathar Country by the General Council to mark the authentic and mysterious nature of the department, especially with its many Cathar
Cathar
castles. Tourism is also promoted through a stock of hotel rooms in all categories of 313,500 beds available year-round. Aude
Aude
estimates the number of tourist overnight stays to be 17.11 million in 2010 with a turnover of 842 million euros providing 5,800 full-time jobs and 9,500 seasonal jobs.[11] In a very limited section of the Orbiel Valley the department has had occasional pollution problems because of its abandoned gold mines (with mercury and arsenic). Overview of Tourist Areas[edit] Carcassonne
Carcassonne
has been restored to much of its medieval appearance. Narbonne
Narbonne
is a tourist destination due to its Roman ruins. Other towns and villages worth visiting include Limoux, Quillan, Lézignan-Corbières, Lagrasse, Sigean
Sigean
and Leucate. Limoux
Limoux
lies in the upper Aude
Aude
valley, 24 km south of Carcassonne. It is known for its local wine, Blanquette, a sparkling white wine which is said to have been the forerunner of Champagne. Limoux
Limoux
hosts an extensive and varied market each Friday. Quillan
Quillan
lies 27 km further south in the upper Aude
Aude
valley and is at the head of the branch railway from Carcassonne. Lézignan-Corbières
Lézignan-Corbières
lies on the main road between Carcassonne
Carcassonne
and Narbonne. It is called the capital of the Corbières and has a Wednesday morning market. Lagrasse
Lagrasse
stands on the River Orbieu
Orbieu
and has an 8th-century abbey, two very attractive bridges and an unchanged and very compact and delightful medieval stone village centre. Sigean, 18 km south of Narbonne, lies between the A9 autoroute and the coast and has an African Reserve. Leucate
Leucate
is a hilltop village, about 30 km south of Narbonne, which has spread down to the coast where Leucate
Leucate
Plage is a popular beach resort. The Corbières Hills form the central part of the department. This is an area of dissected plateaux and escarpments which form an effective barrier to direct road communication. It is a very attractive and sometimes wild area of steep hills, hidden valleys, woodland and vines, and contains some of the most memorable Cathar
Cathar
sites including Quéribus, Peyrepertuse
Peyrepertuse
and Villerouge-Termenès. The Lauragais, that spreads on both sides of the administrative border between Aude
Aude
and Haute-Garonne, is a historic and cultural area known since the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
for its abundant agricultural productions. With Castelnaudary
Castelnaudary
as a central and major city, this region is also famous for the role it played during the Albigensian Crusade
Albigensian Crusade
and for its local heritage: Canal du Midi
Canal du Midi
and its springs, abbeys and churches, castles, disk-shaped steles, dovecotes, windmills, bastides, etc. Wine production is extensive across Aude, and local chateaux and domaines provide free tastings as well as sales of wine and other local produce. With the decline of some local wine production, local government policy is now to attract more tourists to the area, and to assist with this the Corbières area is now labelled on maps and road signs as Cathar
Cathar
country. Architectural heritage[edit] The Aude
Aude
has about fifteen bastides which were built after the Treaty of Meaux in 1229 when the region was attached to the Capetian crown of France. The bastide is a type of town based on a grid created in one building project on a greenfield site. The purpose of such construction was to weaken the local lords and attract people to new economic centres. These bastides came into competition with fortified villages based on ecclesiastical or seigneurial power. Chalabre, Camps-sur-l'Agly
Camps-sur-l'Agly
and the Bastide Saint-Louis in Carcassonne
Carcassonne
are examples of bastides in the Aude.

Puilaurens Castle

The department has many castles that have been developed by the General Council of the Aude
Aude
to stimulate tourism. The fortresses are often located on rocky peaks, such as the castles of Quéribus
Quéribus
and Lastours, which gave them a strategic position. The city of Carcassonne
Carcassonne
was the logistical hub of the country at the time of conflict with the Kingdom of Aragon.

Fontfroide Abbey, Tourism highlight of Aude

Many abbeys exist throughout the department of Aude. The best known are Fontfroide Abbey, Lagrasse
Lagrasse
Abbey, the abbey of Sainte-Marie Villelongue-d'Aude, and the Abbey of Saint-Hilaire. Narbonne
Narbonne
Cathedral is a remarkable Gothic cathedral and remains unfinished. It is a symbol of the French presence in Languedoc
Languedoc
in the Middle Ages. Caving[edit] Aude
Aude
has many natural and underground caves suitable for speleological exploration. The Pays de Sault consists of one of the largest limestone areas of the Pyrenees. This geology lends itself to the formation of cavities and there are many ‘barrencs’ (the local name for Pit caves). This plateau is home to a cave, the TM71, which is a superb cavity classified as a natural reserve since 1987. This is unique in France. Other natural cavities of the Aude
Aude
contain concretions like the Pit cave of Cabrespine, the Aguzou Grotto, and the grotto of Limousis. The latter contains the largest block of aragonite yet discovered. In the Massif of Corbières on the plateau of Lacamp there are cavities formed by detrital rocks (marls, clays and puddingstone) carved by erosion.

Narbonne

Castelnaudary

Lagrasse

Secondary Housing[edit] According to INSEE as at 2009 26.1% of available housing in Aude consisted of secondary residences.[12] The following table indicates the main communes in Aude
Aude
where second homes or occasional residences comprise more than 10% of total housing.[13][14] Communes with more than 10% Secondary Residences

Year Town Population Number of homes Second homes % second homes

2004 Leucate 0 03,392 015,389 013,611 88.45%

2005 Gruissan 0 04,267 012,629 010,497 83.12%

2007 Fleury 0 03,146 0 09,007 0 07,321 81.29%

2005 Port-la-Nouvelle 0 07,451 0 04,620 0 01,515 62.01%

2006 Fitou 0 0 0808 0 0 0930 0 0 0482 51.83%

2005 Belcaire 0 0 0405 0 0 0380 0 0 0183 48.16%

2004 Roquefort-des-Corbières 0 0 0849 0 0 0616 0 0 0240 38.96%

2005 Saissac 0 01,001 0 0 0645 0 0 0220 34.11%

2006 Quillan 0 03,445 0 02,309 0 0 0555 24.04%

2007 Sigean 0 05,047 0 03,012 0 0 0604 20.05%

1999 La Palme 0 01,151 0 0 0683 0 0 0129 18.89%

2005/1999 Narbonne 051,300 027,422 0 04,655 16.98%

2004 Salles-d'Aude 0 02,223 0 01,173 0 0 0188 16.03%

Arts in the Department[edit] Cinema[edit] The diversity of the landscape, its authenticity, and the uniqueness of its monuments have attracted many filmmakers. Thus, the city of Carcassonne
Carcassonne
has been the setting for many films. The excellent state of preservation of this city offers an outstanding setting for historical films. In 1908 filmmakers abandoned scenery on canvas and Louis Feuillade
Louis Feuillade
filmed in front of the city towers for the Return of the cross, Engagement oath, and Enchanted guitar. In 1924 major films were produced such as Le Miracle des Loups by Raymond Bernard. In 1928 for the two thousandth anniversary of the city of Carcassonne, Jean Renoir made Le Tournoi dans la cité. In 1965 the city of Carcassonne appeared in The Sucker
The Sucker
by Gerard Oury. In 1968 The Little Bather
The Little Bather
by Robert Dhéry
Robert Dhéry
(with Louis de Funès
Louis de Funès
and Michel Galabru) shot at Cabanes de Fleury (at the mouth of the Aude). More recently, the Count's castle in the city was the setting for The Visitors by Jean-Marie Poire
Jean-Marie Poire
in 1972, while the Château de Puivert was used in La Passion Béatrice by Bertrand Tavernier
Bertrand Tavernier
in 1987, and The Ninth Gate
The Ninth Gate
by Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
in 1999. The Beach at Gruissan
Gruissan
is present in Betty Blue
Betty Blue
by Jean-Jacques Beineix. Painters[edit] As for the cinema, it is the city of Carcassonne
Carcassonne
which attracts the greatest painters. Jacques Ourtal is the one who painted most of the city in trying to depict the city in different eras. Originally from Fontiers-Cabardès, the Aude
Aude
painter Eugène Pech has created paintings of the city many times which are today scattered in various public and private collections. The four eras of the city can still be found in settings for "The City Hall". Another Aude
Aude
artist, Marie-Louise Petiet, is known for her transcriptions of scenes of popular life such as La marchande d'oranges (The Orange Seller) or La jeune fille aux oies (The young girl and the geese). Several of her works are visible at the Petiet Museum in Limoux. Les blanchisseuses (The Laundresses) depicting a laundry lesson is particularly remarkable and well-known. Finally, Paul Sibra, an expert in landscape-painting, nicknamed "le peintre du Lauragais", produced thousands of paintings and drawings of scenes from or based on the rural life of the people of Lauragais in the 1940s. Achilles Laugé (born 1861 in Arzens, died 1944 in Cailhau), misunderstood because of his pointillist technique, was able to show the dawning of spring especially with the broom and almond trees in bloom. Another artist, Lina Bill (Louis Bonnot), born at Gruissan
Gruissan
in 1855 and died in Avignon
Avignon
in 1936, painted Provence and the Mediterranean (museums of Narbonne, Carcassonne, and the Musée d'Orsay
Musée d'Orsay
in Paris). Notable people linked to the Department[edit]

Publius Terentius Varro Atacinus (82-37 BC), Roman epic poet Saint Prudent
Saint Prudent
(3rd century), Archbishop of Narbonne
Narbonne
and martyr Saint Sebastian
Saint Sebastian
(3rd century AD), Christian martyr, according to legend from Gallia Narbonensis Ermengarde de Narbonne
Narbonne
(1127-1196), Vicountess of Narbonne House of Dax Fabre d'Eglantine (1750-1794), composer, actor, playwright, and politician, guillotined during the Terror Félix Barthe
Félix Barthe
(1795-1863), Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, Minister of Justice, and first president of the Court of Auditors Ferdinand-Auguste Lapasset (born in Saint Martin de Ré in 1817, died at Toulouse
Toulouse
in 1875), Major General
Major General
elected General Councillor for the department Charles Cros
Charles Cros
(1842-1888), poet and scientist, he originated the process of colour photography and the phonograph Marcelin Albert
Marcelin Albert
(1851-1921), leader of the revolt of the wine growers in 1907 Prosper Montagné (1865-1948), chef, author of numerous books on gastronomy Louis Martrou (1866-1954), viticulturalist and pioneer of caving in France Léon Blum
Léon Blum
(1872–1950), politician, Member of Parliament for Narbonne
Narbonne
who became Prime Minister in 1936 Louis Barthas
Louis Barthas
(1879-1952), cooper, author, and veteran of WWI Henri de Monfreid (1879-1974), adventurer and writer, author of numerous books including the Secrets of the Red Sea Loís Alibèrt (1884-1959) Occitan
Occitan
linguist, notable author of a grammar and a dictionary based on classical standard Occitan Benjamin Crémieux (1888-1944), writer, Doctor of Letters, died during deportation to Buchenwald Pierre Reverdy
Pierre Reverdy
(1889-1960), writer, a precursor of surrealism Joseph Delteil
Joseph Delteil
(1894-1978) writer from Pieusse Joë Bousquet
Joë Bousquet
(1897-1950), poet and surrealist writer René Iché (1897–1954), modern sculptor and French Résistance fighter during WWII. Léopold Gourp (1900-1926), pilot for the airline Latécoère André Boyer-Mas (1904-1972), priest and diplomat, born in Carcassonne Roger Peyrefitte
Roger Peyrefitte
(1907-2000) writer Georges Guille (1909-1985), politician of the Socialist Party, former Minister of Nuclear Energy, President of the General Council of Aude (1945-1948 and 1951-1976) Charles Trenet
Charles Trenet
(1913–2001), singer and poet born at Narbonne, famous for the song La Mer Jean Cau (1925-1993), writer, columnist, journalist, born in Bram, he was secretary for Jean-Paul Sartre Gérard Schivardi
Gérard Schivardi
(1950-), Mayor of Mailhac, candidate in the French Presidential election of 2007 Olivia Ruiz
Olivia Ruiz
(1980-), singer, born in Carcassonne Dimitri Szarzewski
Dimitri Szarzewski
(1983-), Hooker on the French Rugby Union Team Camille Lacourt
Camille Lacourt
(1985-), swimmer, born in Narbonne Spanghero Family, famous Rugby Union players, who began their careers at RC Narbonne Lina Bill (real name Louis Bonnot), born in Gruissan
Gruissan
in 1855, died at Avignon
Avignon
in 1936, painter Didier Codorniou, former international rugby player Amédée Domenech, former international rugby player Gaston Bonheur (Gaston Tesseyre) (1913-1980) born in Barbaira, Journalist and novelist

Miscellaneous[edit] It was in Aude
Aude
that the first Occitan
Occitan
radio station broadcast in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon: Ràdio Lenga (Occitan) at 95.5 FM. Bibliography[edit]

The Colours of Aude, André Authier and Jean-Philippe Vidal, Pélican ISBN 978-2-7191-0630-3 (in French) Aude
Aude
from prehistory to today, Jacques Crémadeilis, Saint-Jean-d’Angély, 1989, 430 p. (in French) Aude
Aude
People: biographical dictionary, Rémy Cazals and Daniel Fabre, Carcassonne, Association des Amis des Archives de l’Aude, Société d’études scientifiques de l’Aude, 1990, 347 p. (in French) Michel Gayraud, Narbonne
Narbonne
ancient origins at the end of the 3rd century. Paris, De Boccard, Revue archéologique de Narbonnaise, Supplément 8, 1981, 591 p. (in French) History of Narbonne, Jacques Michaud and André Cabanis, Toulouse, Privat, 2004, 330 p. (in French) Aude, Cathar
Cathar
Country, collective work, Guides Gallimard, 2004 (in French) Bilotte M. et Al., Géology of the Department of Aude, Société d'études scientifiques de l'Aude, 1989 (in French) I write to you of Carcassonne, Claude Marti and Patrice Cartier, Du Mont, 2011 (in French)

See also[edit]

County of Razès Cantons of the Aude
Aude
department Communes of the Aude
Aude
department Arrondissements of the Aude
Aude
department

Notes and references[edit] Notes[edit]

^ At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002 [1] Archived 6 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine., the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" which allow, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For municipalities with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these municipalities is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force on 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.

References[edit]

^ Aude
Aude
page on the SANDRE website ^ Paris, Nice, Strasbourg, Brest ^ Data from the Station at Carcassonne
Carcassonne
from 1981 to 2010 (in French) ^ Discovery made in July 1971 See the Tautavel
Tautavel
site Archived 7 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Figures from French National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies, INSEE, 1999 ^ Economy of the Aude
Aude
on the préfecture of Aude
Aude
website (in French) ^ Source dated 7 March 2006: Préfecture of Aude
Aude
(in French) ^ Data source is prefecture of Aude
Aude
Presentation on Aude ^ Préfecture of Aude
Aude
website ^ a b c Academic inspection of the Aude, accessed 25 June 2009, Ac-montpellier.fr, accessed 16 August 2010 ^ General Council of Aude
Aude
Archived 14 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine. ^ LOG T2 P13 INSEE (in French) ^ Census site of French National Institute of Statistics, INSEE, figures as at 1 January 2008 ^ Estimates from the intermediate census of INSEE, figures as at 1 July 2005

External links[edit]

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Aude
official tourism website (in French) Department of Aude
Aude
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