Subprefecture and commune
|Coordinates: 43°07′03″N 1°36′42″E / 43.1175°N 1.6117°ECoordinates: 43°07′03″N 1°36′42″E / 43.1175°N 1.6117°E|
|Intercommunality||Les Portes d'Ariège - Pyrénées|
|• Mayor (2014–2020)||André Trigano|
|45.85 km2 (17.70 sq mi)|
|• Density||340/km2 (880/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||256–473 m (840–1,552 ft) |
(avg. 365 m or 1,198 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
Pamiers (Occitan: Pàmias) is a commune in the Ariège department in the Occitanie region in southwestern France. It is a subprefecture of the department. Although Pamiers is the largest city in Ariège, the capital is Foix, a smaller city.
History[change | change source]
In 1111, the city was officially founded by the Count Roger II of Foix and the abbot of the sanctuary of Saint Antonin of Pamiers; they built a castle (now demolished) and named it Castrum Appamiae, after a Syrian city, Apamea, that was visited by Roger II during the First Crusade. A church was built at the foot of the castle (Our Lady of Mercadal) where is now the cathedral.
Geography[change | change source]
The city of Pamiers is along the Ariège river in the plain formed by this river in the northern part of the Ariège department, in southern France.
The commune has an area of 45.9 km2 (17.7 sq mi). Its average altitude is 365 m (1,198 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 295 m (968 ft).
Pamiers is at 64 km (40 mi) to the south of Toulouse, 20 km (12 mi) to the north of Foix and 53 km (33 mi) to the west of Saint-Girons.
The commune of Pamiers is surrounded by the communes:
Climate[change | change source]
The climate of Pamiers, in the Köppen climate classification, is Cfb - Oceanic climate with template summers.
Population[change | change source]
The inhabitants of Pamiers are known, in French, as Appaméens (women: Appaméennes).
With a population of 15,518, Pamiers is the city in the department with more people living in it; its population density is of 338 inhabitants/km2.
Evolution of the population in Pamiers
Pamiers forms, with other 6 communes, the urban area of Pamiers with a population of 26,727 inhabitants (2013) and an area of 91.7 km2 (35.4 sq mi). This urban area is the centre of the metropolitan area of Pamiers, formed by 29 communes with a population of 35,054 inhabitants (2013) and an area of 256.7 km2 (99.1 sq mi).
Administration[change | change source]
Pamiers is a subprefecture of the Ariège department, the capital of the arrondissement of Pamiers and the administrative centre (French: chef-lieu) of two cantons:
It is part of the intercommunality Les Portes d'Ariège - Pyrénées (French: Communauté de communes des Portes d'Ariège - Pyrénées).
Twinned and partner towns[change | change source]
Pamiers is twinned with:
[change | change source]
- Gabriel Fauré, (1845-1924), composer
- Pope Benedict XII, (ca. 1280-1342), bishop of Pamiers in the 1320s
Gallery[change | change source]
Saint Antonin of Pamiers cathedral
Related pages[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- ↑ "Elus et Délégations" (in French). Ville de Pamiers. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
- ↑ "Commune de Pamiers (09225)". Comparateur de territoire (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
- ↑ "Pamiers". Map-France.com. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
- ↑ "Ville de Pamiers". Annuaire-Mairie.fr (in French). Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- ↑ "Pamiers (09100)" (in French). habitants.fr. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
- ↑ "Régions, départements, arrondissements, cantons et communes" (PDF). Populations légales 2014 (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
- ↑ "Unité urbaine de Pamiers (09401)". Comparateur de territoire (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
- ↑ "Aire urbaine de Pamiers (183)". Comparateur de territoire (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
Other websites[change | change source]
- City Council website (in French)
- Pays de Pamiers tourist office (in French)
- Pamiers in Histariège - Histoire et Patrimoine de l'Ariège Archived 2013-11-27 at the Wayback Machine (in French)