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Pamiers: City Hall
|Intercommunality||Les Portes d'Ariège - Pyrénées|
|45.85 km2 (17.70 sq mi)|
|• Density||338.45/km2 (876.59/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.
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 commune of Pamiers is surrounded by the communes:
|Bézac||Bonnac and Villeneuve-du-Paréage||Montaut|
|Escosse and Madière||Le Carlaret and La Tour-du-Crieu|
|Saint-Bauzeil and Saint-Victor-Rouzaud||Saint-Jean-du-Falga and Benagues||Verniolle|
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).
- Pamiers-1, with 12,332 inhabitants (2014).
- Pamiers-2, with 14,702 inhabitants (2014).
Twinned and partner towns
Pamiers is twinned with:
- Gabriel Fauré, (1845-1924), composer
- Pope Benedict XII, (ca. 1280-1342), bishop of Pamiers in the 1320s
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