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Pamiers: City Hall
Coat of arms of Pamiers
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Ariège
Arrondissement Pamiers
Canton Chief town of 2 cantons: Pamiers Est and Pamiers Ouest
Intercommunality Pays de Parmiers
Mayor André Trigano
Elevation 256–473 m (840–1,552 ft)
(avg. 365 m or 1,198 ft*)
Land area1 45.85 km2 (17.70 sq mi)
Population2 15,483  (2012)
 - Density 338/km2 (880/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 09225/ 09100
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.

Coordinates: 43°07′03″N 1°36′42″E / 43.1175°N 1.6117°E / 43.1175; 1.6117

Pamiers (Occitan: Pàmias) is a commune in the Ariège department in the Midi-Pyrénées region in southwestern France. It is a sub-prefecture of the department. Although Pamiers is the largest city in Ariège, the capital is Foix, a smaller city.


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.


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 45.85 km2 (17.70 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.

Map of the commune de Pamiers


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


With a population of 15,483, Pamiers is the city in the department with more people living in it; its population density is of 338 inhabitants/km2.

The inhabitants of Pamiers are known, in French, as Appaméens (women: Appaméennes).

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