Remains of the Chateau, home of the original Athos of the Three Musketeers
|Canton||Orthez et Terres des Gaves et du Sel|
|Intercommunality||CC Béarn Gaves|
|• Mayor (2014-2020)||Jean-Robert Lataillade|
|Area1||6 km2 (2 sq mi)|
|• Density||34/km2 (88/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||64071 /64390|
|Elevation||33–141 m (108–463 ft)
(avg. 80 m or 260 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.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Toponymy
- 3 History
- 4 Administration
- 5 Demography
- 6 Economy
- 7 Culture and heritage
- 8 Notable people linked to the commune
- 9 Bibliography
- 10 See also
- 11 Notes and references
Athos-Aspis is located immediately to the north-west of Sauveterre-de-Béarn and just east of Abitain. Access to the commune is by the D27 road from Sauveterre-de-Béarn passing through the east of the commune and going north to Oraas. Access to the village can be by several country roads from the D27 including Arriouteque going to Lespitaou and also the Village road. Apart from the village there is the hamlet of Aspis in the south of the commune. There are significant forests in the east of the commune with the rest farmland.
The Gave d'Oloron forms the whole southern and eastern borders of the commune as it flows north to join the Gave de Pau at Peyrehorade. The Arriouyeque flows from the east of the commune through the centre to join the Gave d'Oloron on the western border. The Ruisseau de Rance rises just east of the commune and flows south-west to join the Arriouteque. The Arrec Heure forms most of the northern border of the commune as it flows west to join the Gave d'Oloron at the north-western corner of the commune.
- Les Camous
- La Campagne
- La Campagnole
- Desbos (barns)
- Les Garbas
- Héuré (mill)
- Mina (côte de)
- Poun Agnès
The commune name in béarnais is Atos-Aspins.
The following table details the origins of the commune name and other names in the commune.
|Sent Per d'Atos||1472||Raymond||
|Cabé||la maison deu Cabee||1538||Raymond||
||Reformation||Fief (Vassal of the Viscounts of Béarn)|
|lo Caver d'Atos||1538||Raymond||
||Census||Fief (Vassal of the Viscounts of Béarn)|
|Dues maysons aperades los Piis||1538||Raymond||
|Rioutèque||L'arriu de Ariuteca||1538||Raymond||
|La Salle||La Salle d'Athos||1385||Raymond||
||Census||Fief (Vassal of the Viscounts of Béarn)|
|La Sala d'Athos||1538||Raymond||
- Raymond: Topographic Dictionary of the Department of Basses-Pyrenees, 1863, on the page numbers indicated in the table. (in French)
- Grosclaude: Toponymic Dictionary of communes, Béarn, 2006 (in French)
- Orpustan: Jean-Baptiste Orpustan, New Basque Toponymy
- Cassini: Cassini Map from 1750
- Cassini2: Cassini Map from 1790
- Marca: Pierre de Marca, History of Béarn.
- Cartulary: Cartulary of the Abbey of Saint-Jean de Sorde
- Notaries: Notaries of Labastide-Villefranche
- Census: Census of Béarn
- Reformation: Reformation of Béarn
The villages of Athos and Aspis were united into one commune on 10 January 1842.
During the Reformation the Priest at Athos was murdered in his church and the village adopted the new ideas.
Athos is the birthplace of Athos, one of the title characters in the novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. The fictional Athos is named after the historical musketeer Armand de Sillègue d'Athos d'Autevielle (1615–1644), youngest son of Adrien de Sillègue, Lord of Athos and Autevielle. Autevielle is another nearby village in the commune of Autevielle-Saint-Martin-Bideren.
List of Successive Mayors
(Not all data is known)
The commune is part of five inter-communal structures:
- the inter-communal centre for social action of Sauveterre-de-Béarn;
- the Community of communes of Sauveterre-de-Béarn;
- the inter-communal association for rivers and of Saleys;
- the AEP association of Sauveterre-de-Béarn;
- the Energy association of Pyrénées-Atlantiques;
In 2010 the commune had 185 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]
From 1793 to 1836 the communes of Athos and Aspis were separate but the above table shows the total for both communes during that period.
Culture and heritage
There are the houses of Lascampagnes, the consul Gourlat, and of Bouchoô the place where Monsigneur Bouchoô was born.
Aspis has a château from the 14th century facing the Gave d'Oloron with a terrace and a door to the garden. There is also the site of an old church and the old school.
At Athos there is a church of Romanesque origin in the old fief of Moliède d'Athos where there was a well-known ferry and ruins of a mill.
The Church of Saint-Pierre is of Romanesque origin and contains a renaissance stoup and a Statue on the Virgin in coloured wood. Behind the Altar is the tomb of Jeanne du Peyrer "Lady of Athos and Aspis" and mother of the musketeer. The renaissance door has a stone carving from the 14th century upside down (it was probably a stone that was reused).
The cemetery has the tomb of the design engineer of the Sauveterre bridge and also that of Edmond Gourlat, consul of France and local personality.
The birth of the musketeer Athos in the commune is debatable. A plaque near the church says that he was born in the Lassalle house where only parts of walls remain but the village of Autevielle also claims his birth in the fortified house of Moliède d'Athos which has some remains of strong walls.
- History of Athos and Aspis, Alexis Ichas (in French)
- Athos-Aspis on Google Maps
- Athos-Aspis on Géoportail, National Geographic Institute (IGN) website (in French)
- Athos and Aspis on the 1750 Cassini Map
- Athos-Aspis on the INSEE website (in French)
- INSEE (in French)
Notes and references
- At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by Law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002 Archived 6 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine., the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" allows, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For communes with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these communes is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force on 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.
- Google Maps
- Géoportail, IGN (in French)
- Topographic Dictionary of the Department of Basses-Pyrenees, Paul Raymond, Imprimerie nationale, 1863, Digitised from Lyon Public Library 15 June 2011 (in French)
- Michel Grosclaude, Toponymic Dictionary of communes, Béarn, Edicions reclams & Édition Cairn - 2006, 416 pages, ISBN 2 35068 005 3 (in French)
- Jean-Baptiste Orpustan, New Basque Toponymy, Presses universitaires de Bordeaux, 2006, ISBN 2 86781 396 4 (in French)
- Cassini Map 1750 - Aspis
- Cassini Map 1790 - Aspit
- Pierre de Marca, History of Béarn (in French)
- Cartulary of the Abbey of Saint-Jean de Sorde published in extracts in the proofs of the History of Béarn by Pierre de Marca (in French)
- Notaries of Labastide-Villefranche in the Departmental Archives of Pyrénées-Atlantiques (in French)
- Manuscript from the 14th century - Departmental Archives of Pyrénées-Atlantiques (in French)
- Manuscript from the 16th to 18th centuries - Departmental Archives of Pyrénées-Atlantiques (in French)
- List of Mayors of France (in French)
- Intercommunality of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Cellule informatique préfecture 64, consulted on 7 July 2012 (in French)
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