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Condom
Coat of arms of Condom
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Gers
Arrondissement Condom
Canton Condom
Intercommunality La Ténarèze
Area
1
97.37 km2 (37.59 sq mi)
Population
 (2012)
6,927
 • Density 71.141/km2 (184.254/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Condomois
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
32107 /32100
Elevation 62–190 m (203–623 ft)
(avg. 82 m or 269 ft)
Website www.condom.org
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Condom (Occitan: Condòm), also called Condom-en-Armagnac or Condom-sur-Baïse, is a commune in southwestern France in the department of Gers, of which it is a subprefecture.

Despite their similar names, the condom was neither invented nor developed in the commune of Condom.

Name of the city

The name Condom comes from the Gaulish (an ancient Celtic language spoken in parts of Europe) words condate-ó-magos which means "market of the confluence". Condatómagos evolved into Condatóm and then into Conddóm. Condom was first recorded in Latin in the 10th century as Condomus or Condomium.

History

After the colonization of the area by the Romans, the Abbey of Saint Pierre was built in 1011. During the Hundred Years' War, the city was taken twice by the English. The Saint Pierre Cathedral was begun in 1507.

Way of St. James

Condom is a town on the Via Podiensis (the Le Puy Route), one of the three major French pilgrimage routes of the Way of St. James. This particular route begins in Le Puy and ends in Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain. Pilgrims came to Condom from Miradoux and continue on to Larressingle.

Geography

Condom is a commune found along the Baïse river, between Armagnac and Agenais. Condom is the main town of the Condomès or Ténarèze region.

The commune has an area of 97.37 km2 (37.59 sq mi) and its average altitude is 82 m (269 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 73 m (240 ft)..

Condom and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune de Condom

Condom is surrounded by the communes:

Climate

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

Population

With a population of 6,927, Condom has a population density of 71 inhabitants/km2.

The inhabitants of Condom are known, in French, as Condomois (women: Condomoises).

Economy

The commune of Condom depends mainly of the agriculture, the tourism and the trade.

Important agricultural products are Armagnac (an alcoholic beverage like a brandy), Floc de Gascogne (a regional apéritif) and foie gras.

Places of interest

Some of places of interest are:

  • Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Condom (Saint Peter's Cathedral)
  • The cloister of the Cathedral.
  • Saint-Jacques church
  • Musée de l'Armagnac, a museum of the Armagnac drink.

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Sister cities

Condom is twinned with:

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