Saint-Pons-de-Thomières

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Saint-Pons-de-Thomières
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Coat of arms of Saint-Pons-de-Thomières
Coat of arms
Saint-Pons-de-Thomières is located in France
Saint-Pons-de-Thomières
Saint-Pons-de-Thomières
Coordinates: 43°29′22″N 2°45′39″E / 43.4894°N 2.7608°E / 43.4894; 2.7608Coordinates: 43°29′22″N 2°45′39″E / 43.4894°N 2.7608°E / 43.4894; 2.7608
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Department Hérault
Arrondissement Béziers
Canton Saint-Pons-de-Thomières
Intercommunality Pays Saint-Ponais
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Kléber Mesquida
Area1 40.99 km2 (15.83 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 2,121
 • Density 52/km2 (130/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 34284 / 34220
Elevation 273–1,026 m (896–3,366 ft)
(avg. 301 m or 988 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-Pons-de-Thomières is a commune in the Hérault department in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in southern France.

History[edit]

It is named after its patron saint, Saint Pontius of Cimiez (Pons de Cimiez in French), martyr under Emperor Valerian, who is venerated throughout the diocese of Montpellier.

The Abbey of St-Pons was founded in 936 by Raymond, Count of Toulouse, who brought to it the monks of Saint Gerald of Aurillac.

By a papal bull of 18 February 1318, Pope John XXII raised the abbey to an episcopal see.

A Brief of 16 June 1877 authorized the bishops of Montpellier to call themselves bishops of Montpellier, Béziers, Agde, Lodève, and Saint-Pons, in memory of the different dioceses united in the present Diocese of Montpellier.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 2,900 —    
1968 3,267 +12.7%
1975 3,117 −4.6%
1982 2,733 −12.3%
1990 2,566 −6.1%
1999 2,287 −10.9%
2008 2,121 −7.3%

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