La Brigue

La Brigue

A view of the dry riverbed of the Rio Sec in La Brigue

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La Brigue

Coordinates: 44°03′47″N 7°37′01″E / 44.0631°N 7.6169°E / 44.0631; 7.6169Coordinates: 44°03′47″N 7°37′01″E / 44.0631°N 7.6169°E / 44.0631; 7.6169
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Alpes-Maritimes
Arrondissement Nice
Canton Tende
  Mayor (20082014]) Bernard Gastaud
Area1 91.77 km2 (35.43 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 633
  Density 6.9/km2 (18/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 06162 / 06430
Elevation 559–2,650 m (1,834–8,694 ft)
(avg. 812 m or 2,664 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

La Brigue (Italian: Briga Marittima, Occitan: La Briga) is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France.

La Brigue became part of France after World War II, when Italy was forced to hand it over in September 1947 under the terms of the Peace of Paris. Before the hand over, it was part of the Province of Cuneo. The transfer, which was not unopposed in the village, was retrospectively endorsed by a local plebiscite which took place on 12 October 1947 and was subject to international supervision.


The Shrine of Our Lady of the Fountains is the home to a huge 15th-century painting (cycle of passion) by the painter Giovanni Piemontese Canavesio, and is a major tourist destination.


The village is situated along the long-distance hiking trail GR52A.[1] Another attraction for mountain sports enthusiasts is a nearby via ferrata of medium difficulty (C/D)[2] which ascends about 250 metres above the village.[3]


Historical population

Twin towns — Sister cities

La Brigue is twinned with:

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