Coordinates: 43°00′N 0°06′W / 43.00°N 0.10°W / 43.00; -0.10
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Argelès-Gazost viewed from Hautacam.
Argelès-Gazost viewed from Hautacam.
Coat of arms of Argelès-Gazost
Location of Argelès-Gazost
Argelès-Gazost is located in France
Argelès-Gazost is located in Occitanie
Coordinates: 43°00′N 0°06′W / 43.00°N 0.10°W / 43.00; -0.10
IntercommunalityVallée d'Argelès-Gazost
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Dominique Roux
3.05 km2 (1.18 sq mi)
 • Density990/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
65440 /65000
Elevation412–600 m (1,352–1,969 ft)
(avg. 506 m or 1,660 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Argelès-Gazost (Occitan: Argelèrs de Gasòst) is a commune in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in southwestern France in the Occitanie region. It is part of the historical region of Gascony and is the capital of the arrondissement of Argelès-Gazost.

History[change | change source]

Argelès-Gazost was made a commune in 1790 with the name of Argelès; it was merged in 1824 with the commune of Vieuzac.[1] Vieuzac was also made a commune in 1790.[2]

The name of the commune, Argelès, was changed to Argelès-Gazost in 1896.[1]

Geography[change | change source]

Argelès-Gazost is a commune in the Lavedan (a natural region in the Pyrenees), at the confluence of the Gave de Pau and Gave d'Azun rivers, between Lourdes and Gavarnie.

It has an area of 3.05 km2 (1 sq mi) and its average altitude is 506 m (1,660 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 508 m (1,667 ft).[3]

Argelès-Gazost and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune de Argelès-Gazost

Climate[change | change source]

The climate of Argelès-Gazost, in the Köppen climate classification, is Cfb - Oceanic climate with template summers.

Population[change | change source]

The inhabitants of Argelès-Gazost are known, in French, as Argelésiens (women: Argelésiennes).[4]

Argelès-Gazost has a population, in 2014, of 3,020,[5] and its population density is of 990.2 inhabitants/km2.

Evolution of the population in Argelès-Gazost

Administration[change | change source]

Argelès-Gazost is a subprefecture of the Hautes-Pyrénées department since 1790. It is also the capital of the arrondissement of Argelès-Gazost and the administrative centre (French: chef-lieu) of the canton La Vallée des Gaves with 50 communes and 15,743 inhabitants in 2014.

It is part of the intercommunality La Vallée d'Argelès-Gazost (French: Communauté de communes de la Vallée d'Argelès-Gazost).

Sites of interest[change | change source]

Some important buildings and places are:

  • The Saint-Saturnin church, built in the second half of the nineteenth century.
  • Château d'Ourout, built in the fifteenth - sixteenth century, rebuilt in the nineteenth century. With its park and chapel, it is registered as a historical monument since 1995.
  • Vieuzac tower of the fourteenth century.
  • Mendaigne tower of the eighteenth century.
  • Pyrénées Animal Park (French: Parc Animalier des Pyrénées)

Gallery[change | change source]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Notice communale de Argelès-Gazost" (in French). École des hautes études en sciences sociales/Cassini. Retrieved 20 June 2014.[permanent dead link]
  2. "Notice communale de Vieuzac" (in French). École des hautes études en sciences sociales/Cassini. Retrieved 20 June 2014.[permanent dead link]
  3. "Argelès-Gazost". Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  4. "Habitants du départment: Argelès-Gazost (65400)" (in French). Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  5. "Régions, départements, arrondissements, cantons et communes" (PDF). Populations légales 2014 (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 17 February 2017.

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