Saint-Orens-Pouy-Petit

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Saint-Orens-Pouy-Petit
A general view of Saint-Jouannet in Saint-Orens-Pouy-Petit
A general view of Saint-Jouannet in Saint-Orens-Pouy-Petit
Location of Saint-Orens-Pouy-Petit
Saint-Orens-Pouy-Petit is located in France
Saint-Orens-Pouy-Petit
Saint-Orens-Pouy-Petit
Saint-Orens-Pouy-Petit is located in Occitanie
Saint-Orens-Pouy-Petit
Saint-Orens-Pouy-Petit
Coordinates: 43°55′04″N 0°26′05″E / 43.9178°N 0.4347°E / 43.9178; 0.4347Coordinates: 43°55′04″N 0°26′05″E / 43.9178°N 0.4347°E / 43.9178; 0.4347
CountryFrance
RegionOccitanie
DepartmentGers
ArrondissementCondom
CantonBaïse-Armagnac
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Michel Meste
Area
1
11.31 km2 (4.37 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
187
 • Density17/km2 (43/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
32400 /32100
Elevation97–225 m (318–738 ft)
(avg. 200 m or 660 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Saint-Orens-Pouy-Petit is a commune in the Gers department in southwestern France.

Central to the commune is the classic Gers Pierre Blanche bastide of St Orens, consisting of a walled community on a fierce outcrop of rock, situated 2 km to the east of the D654 between Condom and Saint-Puy. St Orens has views to the south, including the Pyrenees in fine weather.

On a facing hill is the hamlet of Hameau de Pouy-Petit.

Saint Orens holds a Catholic church and the Château St Orens (sixteenth century). Hameau de Pouy-Petit has the Château gascon de Pouy-Petit (eighteenth century).

Geography[edit]

Saint-Orens-Pouy-Petit and its surrounding communes

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1962191—    
1968209+9.4%
1975172−17.7%
1982207+20.3%
1990190−8.2%
1999141−25.8%
2008142+0.7%

Economy[edit]

Agriculture

St Orens sits within of a large agricultural region, with common crops including corn, colza, sunflowers and grain. There are also a number of vineyards, producing grapes for wine or distilling.

Local market towns are known for their fine fruit and vegetables, particularly Condom, Nérac and Lectoure

Other products from local producers include:

Sites of interest[edit]

  • Fortified village walls (St Orens) - St Orens is enclosed by white stone walls (incomplete in sections) dating to the thirteenth century
  • Château de St Orens (sixteenth century) - forming the western end of the fortified village, now containing the Salle de Fête (a function and exhibition space) and Mairie (mayor's office). The chateau was given to a lieutenant of the French gentleman soldier Blaise de Monluc, based in Saint-Puy.
  • Château de Pouy-Petit (eighteenth century)
  • Lavoir: a reconstructed washing area below St Orens, used by the villagers prior to modern plumbing
  • Library
  • Ceramics workshop and gallery
  • Brocante
  • Rare and vintage button shop
  • Tennis court
  • Boule patch
Saint-Orens from the north. The château is to the right.

Arts[edit]

Like much of the Gers, St Orens had seen a slow period of decline through the twentieth century, leaving a number of properties in the village empty. An influx of newcomers and returnees in the 1970s and 1980s helped reverse this process. A number of these people were artists and artisans, creating a vibrant artistic community.[citation needed] The Salle de Fête regularly hosts arts exhibitions by local artists, and the nearby Musée d'Art Naïf (Béraut) compliments this picture.[citation needed]

Flora and fauna[edit]

Observed around the bastide:

Mammals

Coypu, various deer species, wild boar

Birds

Barn owl, golden oriole, hoopoe, black redstart, kestrel, common buzzard, black kite, greenfinch, rock bunting, pigeon

Butterflies

Orange tip, peacock, southern swallowtail, clouded yellow, small blue, white admiral, red admiral, painted lady, Queen of Spain fritillary

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.