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Aveyron Facts

- Surface area:
- Elevation:
  144 m (472 ft.) to
   1,463 m (4799 ft.)
- Land use:
  Farming, 59%
   Forest, 30%
- Population:
  roughly 280,000
- Population density:
  Aveyron 31/km2
   France: 112/km2
- The highest density of
   paved roads in all of
  66,600 kms!!


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Laguiole is not only known for its famous knife, but for its cheese of guaranteed origin aka AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée).

About the knife: 


Originally built by Pierre-Jean Calmels in 1829, it was designed to be a farmer tool, it now enjoys a worldwide reputation. Its industry, after some decline, regained in 1981. Laguiole village counts numerous ateliers where knives are assembled, and has its own forge plant.

About the cheese:

An old tradition in Aubrac is cheese-making; known to be performed back in the 12th century by monks around this area.

Houses of this village are built in granite and basalt, roofs are covered in lauzes heavy slates, the village is quite north Aveyron typical and houses an imposing bronze statue of a bull. This statue means docile strength, but impetuousness of the Aubrac breed male.