Mont-de-Marsan

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Mont-de-Marsan
Confluence of the Douze and Midou rivers in Mont-de-Marsan
Confluence of the Douze and Midou rivers in Mont-de-Marsan
Mont-de-Marsan is located in France
Mont-de-Marsan
Mont-de-Marsan
Coordinates: 43°53′N 0°30′W / 43.89°N 0.50°W / 43.89; -0.50Coordinates: 43°53′N 0°30′W / 43.89°N 0.50°W / 43.89; -0.50
Country France
Region Aquitaine
Department Landes
Arrondissement Mont-de-Marsan
Intercommunality Marsan
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Geneviève Darrieussecq
Area1 36.88 km2 (14.24 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 30,162
 • Density 820/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 40192 / 40000
Elevation 23–97 m (75–318 ft)
(avg. 63 m or 207 ft)

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.

Mont-de-Marsan is a commune and capital of the Landes department in Aquitaine in southwestern France.

Mont-de-Marsan airbase « Constantin Rozanoff » is a major installation of the French Air Force. The base includes CEAM (the French air force military experimentation and trials organisation), an air defense radar command reporting centre, and an air defence control training site. Mont-de-Marsan airbase was formerly home to France's first operational squadron of nuclear bombers, the Dassault Mirage IVA.

Main sights[edit]

  • The Donjon Lacataye is the keep of a 14th-century castle
  • Despiau-Wlérick Museum (1930s sculpture by two local artists)
  • Dubalen Museum
  • Marechal Foch's equestrian statue

Culture[edit]

Stade Montois is the city's rugby and football team.

Two historic punk rock music festivals were held in Mont-de-Marsan's bullring in 1976 and 1977.

Festival Arte Flamenco international festival created in 1989 in Mont-de-Marsan by the council of the Landes department.

Organized in honor of the patron saint of the city in mid-July, the Fêtes of Madeleine are the first fairs in the Southwest after Pamplona (Spain). Tens of thousands of people, young and old, called "Festayres" come from everywhere to share moments of jubilation at the bandas, musicians southwest, which enliven the streets nights and days ... In the streets, the parade of floats decorated with small flowers, made by associations and neighborhood committees, has been a resounding success. As for the fireworks, it illuminates the city of a thousand lights and shines many eyes!

People born in Mont-de Marsan[edit]

See also[edit]

Twin Towns[edit]

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