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Larcat

Historic site and monument ,  Village de caractère in Larcat
  • The mountainous and picturesque village in the heart of the upper valley of Ariège and that of Aston

  • Municipality of Larcat

    Altitude: 900m
    Location: in the upper Ariège valley and separated from the Plateau de Beille resort
    Number of inhabitants: 50 (with 54 secondaries)
    Distances: Les Cabannes 4 km-Luzenac 14 km-Tarascon-sur-Ariège 14 km

    Larcat is a small typical mountain village facing due south through the valley where the Aston flows.

    The first mention of Larcat dates from 1244. However, it is certain that the village is much older. Its iron mine, reported in 1293, supplies the...
    Municipality of Larcat

    Altitude: 900m
    Location: in the upper Ariège valley and separated from the Plateau de Beille resort
    Number of inhabitants: 50 (with 54 secondaries)
    Distances: Les Cabannes 4 km-Luzenac 14 km-Tarascon-sur-Ariège 14 km

    Larcat is a small typical mountain village facing due south through the valley where the Aston flows.

    The first mention of Larcat dates from 1244. However, it is certain that the village is much older. Its iron mine, reported in 1293, supplies the forges of Château Verdun. In 1854, the cholera epidemic hit the town hard and caused no less than 115 deaths out of the 771 inhabitants. The evil having done its work, the survivors decided to thank God for having spared them and built a chapel at a place called "Sarrat du mietjoun", which became the Saint-Barthélemy chapel, in Romanesque style. They made a vow to meet there every year for Saint-Barthélemy, patron saint of the village, and to celebrate a mass there.
    You can also visit its ruined mill or its Saint-Pierre Church dating from the 19th century. Larcat is also crossed by the Prade stream.

    A hiking departure on a marked trail is towards the chapel following a way of the cross, with an exceptional 180° view from Tarascon to Ax-les-Thermes, at an altitude of more than 1200 m. You can also find a picnic area with a breathtaking view of the Aston valley.

    Town hall opening hours:
    Tuesday: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    Friday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Spoken languages
    • French
Services
  • Equipment
    • Playground
    • Picnic area
    • Car park
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