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Subject: Arrondissement of Die, Communes of Drôme, Communes of the Drôme department, Salettes, Drôme, Loriol-sur-Drôme
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Rochefourchat is located in France
Country France
Region Rhône-Alpes
Department Drôme
Arrondissement Die
Canton La Motte-Chalancon
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Martigny
Area1 12.74 km2 (4.92 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 1
 • Density 0.078/km2 (0.20/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 26274 / 26340
Elevation 600–1,513 m (1,969–4,964 ft)
(avg. 963 m or 3,159 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.

Rochefourchat is a commune in the Drôme department in the Rhône-Alpes region in southeastern France. In the commune there is a single house, a converted barn, and the ruins of an old castle. The nearest communes to Rochefourchat are Saint-Nazaire-le-Désert, Les Tonils, Pradelle, and Brette.


In 1178, the castle of Rocha Forcha was built by the bishops of the arrondissement of Die as a stronghold against the Holy Roman Emperors. It belonged to French lords until the year 1766 when the last one, Lord Rey de Noinville, died. In 1796, a French trader, Pierre Jossaud bought the land surrounding the castle and renamed it Rochefourchat. The commune has been passed down

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