Verfeil, Haute-Garonne

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Verfeil
An aerial view of Verfeil
An aerial view of Verfeil
Coat of arms of Verfeil
Coat of arms
Location of Verfeil
Verfeil is located in France
Verfeil
Verfeil
Verfeil is located in Occitanie
Verfeil
Verfeil
Coordinates: 43°39′30″N 1°39′42″E / 43.6583°N 1.6617°E / 43.6583; 1.6617Coordinates: 43°39′30″N 1°39′42″E / 43.6583°N 1.6617°E / 43.6583; 1.6617
CountryFrance
RegionOccitanie
DepartmentHaute-Garonne
ArrondissementToulouse
CantonPechbonnieu
IntercommunalityCoteaux du Girou
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Hervé Dutko
Area
1
41.23 km2 (15.92 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
3,629
 • Density88/km2 (230/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
31573 /31590
Elevation146–273 m (479–896 ft)
(avg. 225 m or 738 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Verfeil is a commune in the Haute-Garonne department in southwestern France.

History[edit]

It was an important centre of Catharism from about 1140 to the mid 13th century. Bernard of Clairvaux preached against heresy at Verfeil in 1145. Sent away without a proper hearing by the seigneurs, he is said to have cursed the town with the words Viridefolium, desiccet te Deus! ("Verfeil, may God dry you up!") Izarn Neblat, one of those seigneurs, was said by Guillaume de Puylaurens to have lived in his old age in poverty at Toulouse as a result of this curse; the town's recovery was dated by the faithful to the period of the Albigensian Crusade, when Simon de Montfort, 5th Earl of Leicester gave it to bishop Foulques de Toulouse.[2]

An important Catholic-Cathar debate was held at Verfeil in 1206. The Catholic side was led by Diego de Acebo, bishop of Osma, supported by the future Saint Dominic; among the Cathars were Pons Jourda and Arnaud Arrufat.[3]

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
17932,040—    
18002,258+10.7%
18062,490+10.3%
18212,399−3.7%
18312,538+5.8%
18362,460−3.1%
18412,420−1.6%
18462,339−3.3%
18512,347+0.3%
18562,367+0.9%
18612,372+0.2%
18662,350−0.9%
18722,342−0.3%
18762,171−7.3%
18812,070−4.7%
18862,043−1.3%
18911,908−6.6%
18961,894−0.7%
19011,827−3.5%
19061,684−7.8%
19111,663−1.2%
19211,418−14.7%
19261,476+4.1%
19311,395−5.5%
19361,402+0.5%
19461,477+5.3%
19541,529+3.5%
19621,536+0.5%
19681,540+0.3%
19751,734+12.6%
19822,000+15.3%
19902,265+13.3%
19992,504+10.6%
20082,993+19.5%

Monuments[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Duvernoy, Jean, editor (1976), Guillaume de Puylaurens, Chronique 1145-1275: Chronica magistri Guillelmi de Podio Laurentii, Paris: CNRS, pp. 32–35, ISBN 2-910352-06-4CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ ib., pp. 52-55.