Saint-Girons, Ariège

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Saint-Girons
General view of the town
General view of the town
Coat of arms of Saint-Girons
Coat of arms
Saint-Girons is located in France
Saint-Girons
Saint-Girons
Coordinates: 42°59′09″N 1°08′48″E / 42.9858°N 1.1467°E / 42.9858; 1.1467Coordinates: 42°59′09″N 1°08′48″E / 42.9858°N 1.1467°E / 42.9858; 1.1467
Country France
Region Midi-Pyrénées
Department Ariège
Arrondissement Saint-Girons
Canton Saint-Girons
Intercommunality Saint-Girons
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) François Murillo
Area
 • Land1 19.13 km2 (7.39 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 6,579
 • Population2 density 340/km2 (890/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 09261 / 09200
Elevation 387–1,200 m (1,270–3,937 ft)
(avg. 391 m or 1,283 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.

Saint-Girons (French: [sɛ̃.ʒi.ʁɔ̃] ; Occitan: Sent Gironç) is a commune in the Ariège department in southwestern France.

History[edit]

Antiquity[edit]

Funerary cippus to a Pompeia

Unlike its close neighbour Saint-Lizier, Saint-Girons isn't an ancient city; there was however a lucus on its present territory where some Roman finds were made during the construction of the train station in the beginning of the twentieth century. Modern-days district Le Luc is considered to owe its name to this ancient lucus.

Foundation[edit]

St Girons' Church by the Salat river
St Girons' Church by the Salat river

The city is named after Saint Girons, a saint from fifth-century Landes who evangelized Novempopulania. In the ninth century some of his relics were supposedly buried in Saint Girons' Church, around which the city later developed.

Population[edit]

Inhabitants of Saint-Girons are called Saint-Gironnais.

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1793 2,749 —    
1800 3,054 +11.1%
1806 3,348 +9.6%
1821 3,868 +15.5%
1831 4,381 +13.3%
1836 4,282 −2.3%
1841 3,901 −8.9%
1846 4,142 +6.2%
1851 3,981 −3.9%
1856 4,005 +0.6%
1861 4,576 +14.3%
1866 4,745 +3.7%
1872 4,690 −1.2%
1876 4,953 +5.6%
1881 5,191 +4.8%
1886 5,459 +5.2%
1891 5,448 −0.2%
1896 5,915 +8.6%
1901 6,018 +1.7%
1906 5,990 −0.5%
1911 5,929 −1.0%
1921 5,749 −3.0%
1926 6,178 +7.5%
1931 6,120 −0.9%
1936 6,406 +4.7%
1946 7,026 +9.7%
1954 6,841 −2.6%
1962 7,368 +7.7%
1968 7,971 +8.2%
1975 8,130 +2.0%
1982 7,260 −10.7%
1990 6,596 −9.1%
1999 6,254 −5.2%
2008 6,579 +5.2%
Hilly countryside
Countryside
Countryside, Pyrenees
Countryside

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Saint-Girons, Ariège (1971 - 2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 10
(50)
11.1
(52)
13.6
(56.5)
15.3
(59.5)
19.1
(66.4)
22.3
(72.1)
25
(77)
24.9
(76.8)
22.7
(72.9)
18.5
(65.3)
13.2
(55.8)
10.4
(50.7)
17.2
(63)
Daily mean °C (°F) 5.1
(41.2)
6.4
(43.5)
8.2
(46.8)
10
(50)
13.7
(56.7)
16.9
(62.4)
19.6
(67.3)
19.7
(67.5)
16.9
(62.4)
12.9
(55.2)
8.4
(47.1)
6.2
(43.2)
12
(54)
Average low °C (°F) 0.4
(32.7)
1.1
(34)
3.1
(37.6)
5.1
(41.2)
8.6
(47.5)
11.9
(53.4)
14
(57)
13.9
(57)
11.2
(52.2)
7.7
(45.9)
3.2
(37.8)
1
(34)
6.8
(44.2)
Precipitation mm (inches) 82.1
(3.232)
79.1
(3.114)
89.2
(3.512)
106.5
(4.193)
109
(4.29)
92.5
(3.642)
57.3
(2.256)
74.2
(2.921)
78.7
(3.098)
86.9
(3.421)
81.9
(3.224)
80
(3.15)
1,017.3
(40.051)
Source: [1]

Sport[edit]

Stage 8 of the 2009 Tour de France finished in Saint-Girons, after travelling 176 km from Andorra la Vella.

State 9 of the 2013 Tour de France started here.

References[edit]