|Castle and city of Foix|
|Coat of arms|
|Intercommunality||Pays de Foix|
|Mayor||Norbert Meler (PS)
|Elevation||358–933 m (1,175–3,061 ft)
(avg. 646 m or 2,119 ft*)
|Land area1||19.32 km2 (7.46 sq mi)|
|- Density||505/km2 (1,310/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||09122/ 09000|
|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.|
It lies south of Toulouse, close to the border with Spain and Andorra. The city is only the second city of the department after Pamiers. It is the least populous capital of a department in all of France.
The Romans built a fort on the rocky hill where the Château de Foix castle now overlooks the town. The town of Foix probably owes its origin to an oratory founded by Charlemagne, which afterwards became the Abbey of Saint Volusianus in 849. The current area of the department was part of the old County of Foix.
The city of Foix is at 83 km (52 mi) to the south of Toulouse. The commune of Foix is surrounded by the communes Arabaux, Cos, Crampagna, Ferrières-sur-Ariège, Ganac, Montgaillard, Pradières, Saint-Jean-de-Verges, Saint-Pierre-de-Rivière and Vernajoul.
|Cos||Vernajoul, Saint-Jean-de-Verges and Crampagna||Arabaux|
The city of Foix has a population, in 2012, of 9,756; its population density is of 505 inhabitants/km2.
The inhabitants of Foix are known, in French, as Fuxéens (women: Fuxéennes).
Sites of interest
- The main historic building is the Castle of the Counts of Foix or, simply, Castle of Foix; it is on the top of a rocky hill that overlooks the city.
- The old town, with narrow streets and houses of traditional architecture.
- Saint-Volusien Abbey
- The Villote (small town), in the Middle Ages, was a space outside the walls surrounding the city built in 1330.
Foix is twinned with:
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