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ArbellaraDescription : French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.Arbellara (in Corsican Arbiddali, pronounced [ar.bi.ˈɖːaː.li]) is a French commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. It is part of the micro-region of Viggiano in the north of the Rocca region.The inhabitants of the commune are known as Arbellarais or ArbellaraisesArbellara is located some 6 km east of Propriano and 2 km so... Page:a

Arbellara
A general view of Arbellara
A general view of Arbellara
Arbellara is located in France
Arbellara
Arbellara
Location within Corsica region 
Arbellara is located in Corsica
Arbellara
Arbellara
Coordinates: 41°40′58″N 8°59′27″E / 41.6828°N 8.9908°E / 41.6828; 8.9908Coordinates: 41°40′58″N 8°59′27″E / 41.6828°N 8.9908°E / 41.6828; 8.9908
CountryFrance
RegionCorsica
DepartmentCorse-du-Sud
ArrondissementSartène
CantonOlmeto
IntercommunalitySartenais-Valinco
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2020)Marie-Antoinette Forcioli-Carrier
Area11.29 km (4.36 sq mi)
Population (2009)134
 • Density12/km (31/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code2A018 / 20110
Elevation23–640 m (75–2,100 ft)
(avg. 350 m or 1,150 ft)

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

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

Arbellara (in Corsican Arbiddali, pronounced [ar.bi.ˈɖːaː.li]) is a French commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. It is part of the micro-region of Viggiano in the north of the Rocca region.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Arbellarais or Arbellaraises

Geography

Green Valley in spring.

Arbellara is located some 6 km east of Propriano and 2 km south of Fozzano. Access to the commune is by road D19 from Viggianello in the west which passes through the village then continues north to Fozzano. The D119 road goes south from the village then turns south-west to join the D69 which goes north-east then north to Loreto-di-Tallano. Apart from the village there is also the hamlet of Acoravo in the south-east of the commune at the intersection of the D119 and D69. The commune is mostly mountainous and forested.

The southern border of the commune is formed by the Rizzanese river which flows west to the Mediterranean Sea south of Propriano.

Neighbouring communes and villages

FozzanoSainte-Lucie-de-Tallano
Viggianello
  Arbellara  
Sartène

History

  • In 1583 the commune was pillaged and the inhabitants massacred by the Turks.
  • After reprisals by the villagers, it was again pillaged by the Turks in 1584.

Administration

List of Successive Mayors

FromToNamePartyPosition
Pascal Giustiniani
19831995Jacques Rotily ForcioliDVD
19952008Michèle Rotily ForcioliDVD
20082020Marie-Antoinette Forcioli-CarrierDVD

(Not all data is known)

Demography

In 2009 the commune had 134 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.

Population Change (See database)
179318001806182118311836184118461851
-230239284311300311332303
185618611866187218761881188618911896
327366353420508472412442393
190119061911192119261931193619461954
471478596527521597605413254
19621968197519821990199920062009-
169162153137120111127134-

Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)


Population of Arbellara

Culture and heritage

Arbellara mountain overlooking the valley

Civil heritage

The commune has many buildings and structures that are registered as historical monuments:

  • Houses (16th-19th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg
  • The Spin'a Cavallu Genoese Bridge (16th century),Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg a hump-backed bridge on the Rizzanèse river.

Religious heritage

The Parish Church of Saint Sebastian (18th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg is registered as an historical monument. The Church contains many items that are registered as historical objects:

  • An Exhibition (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg
  • A Sunburst Monstrance (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg
  • A Chalice with Paten (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg
  • Stations of the Cross (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg
  • The Furniture in the Church (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg
  • A Sunburst Monstrance (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg
  • A Chalice with Paten (1) (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg
  • A Chalice with Paten (2) (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg
  • A Statue: Christ on the Cross (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg
  • A Statue: Salvator Mundi (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg
  • A Statue: Saint Roch (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg
  • A Statue: Saint Sebastian (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg
  • A Statue: Virgin and child (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg
  • A Statue: Saint Gavin (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg

Environmental heritage

  • The Marteau et l'Enclume (Hammer and Anvil), rocks dominating the heights of the commune.

Culinary Specialities

  • Present day: sheep cheese, lamb milk.
  • In the past: olive oil (oil press), vineyards (wine presses in homes).
  • Blessing of the houses on Holy Saturday: the priest is offered eggs, ham, and sheep cheeses.
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