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Pamiers
Pamiers: City Hall
Pamiers: City Hall
Coat of arms of Pamiers
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Ariège
Arrondissement Pamiers
Canton Pamiers-1
Pamiers-2
Intercommunality Les Portes d'Ariège - Pyrénées
Area
1
45.85 km2 (17.70 sq mi)
Population
 (2014)
15,518
 • Density 338.45/km2 (876.59/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Appaméens
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
09225 /09100
Elevation 256–473 m (840–1,552 ft)
(avg. 365 m or 1,198 ft)
Website www.ville-pamiers.fr
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

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

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.

Map of the commune de Pamiers

The commune of Pamiers is surrounded by the communes:

Climate

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

Population

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

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:

  • Pamiers-1, with 12,332 inhabitants (2014).
  • Pamiers-2, with 14,702 inhabitants (2014).

It is part of the intercommunality Les Portes d'Ariège - Pyrénées (French: Communauté de communes des Portes d'Ariège - Pyrénées).

Twinned and partner towns

Pamiers is twinned with:

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