Saint-Clar

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Saint-Clar
Covered market and town hall
Covered market and town hall
Coat of arms of Saint-Clar
Coat of arms
Saint-Clar is located in France
Saint-Clar
Saint-Clar
Coordinates: 43°53′34″N 0°46′15″E / 43.8928°N 0.7708°E / 43.8928; 0.7708Coordinates: 43°53′34″N 0°46′15″E / 43.8928°N 0.7708°E / 43.8928; 0.7708
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Gers
Arrondissement Condom
Canton Saint-Clar
Intercommunality Cœur de Lomagne
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) David Taupiac
Area1 17.91 km2 (6.92 sq mi)
Population (2014)2 992
 • Density 55/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 32370 /32380
Elevation 93–193 m (305–633 ft)
(avg. 160 m or 520 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-Clar is a commune in the Gers department in southwestern France.

Geography[edit]

The river Arrats forms most of the commune's eastern border; the Auroue flows north through the western part of the commune.

Saint-Clar and its surrounding communes

History[edit]

Saint-Clar was founded in 1289 by Edward I, King of England and Duke of Aquitaine.

Structure[edit]

Its grid layout follows the standards of the typical Bastides grid. The basic architectural element is the central square boarded by arcades and stone and half-timbered houses. This square was the market place and the center of the communities’ economy.[1] The market hall (market building) in the central square was built with stone and with wooden pillars. Now it hosts the Town Hall (Place de la Mairie), which has a beautiful steeple with clock. This Town Hall was better known as “maison commune”.[2] Apart from that central square, Saint-Clar has one more arcaded square, both just a few steps away from each other. This is located in the south, in the original village, in the “castet bielh” (old quarter).

Population[3][edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 1,030 —    
1968 1,033 +0.3%
1975 987 −4.5%
1982 972 −1.5%
1990 879 −9.6%
1999 868 −1.3%
2008 980 +12.9%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "An Introduction to Bastides (PPT), at About The Bastides". John Reps Collection. Cornell University Library. Retrieved 14 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "visit saint-clar gers - Site Officiel de l'Office de Tourisme Coeur de Lomagne (Saint-Clar et sa région)". www.tourisme-coeurdelomagne.com. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "INSEE - National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies - France". www.insee.fr. Retrieved 20 June 2016.