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A general view of Saint-Pons-de-Thomières
A general view of Saint-Pons-de-Thomières
Coat of arms of Saint-Pons-de-Thomières
Coat of arms
Saint-Pons-de-Thomières is located in France
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 Occitanie
Department Hérault
Arrondissement Béziers
Canton Saint-Pons-de-Thomières
Intercommunality Pays Saint-Ponais
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Kléber Mesquida
Area1 40.99 km2 (15.83 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 2,121
 • Density 52/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
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 Occitanie region in southern France.


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.


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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