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Castex (Ariège)

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Castex
Castèths
Castex (Frankreich)
Castex
Region Occitania
Department (No) Ariège (09)
Arrondissement Saint-Girons
Canton Arize-Lèze
Community association Arize Lèze
Coordinates 43° 10′ N, 1° 19′ OCoordinates 43° 10′ N, 1° 19′ O
Height 248–394 m
Area 7,16 km²
Inhabitants 94 (January 1, 2018)
Population density 13 inhabitants/km²
Postal code 09350
INSEE code

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Castex (Occitan Castèths) is a commune in France with 94 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2018) in the Ariège department in the Occitanie region; it is part of the Saint-Girons arrondissement and the Arize-Lèze canton.

Location

Castex is located in the north of the Département Ariège. The nearest town is Pamiers, about 25 kilometres (as the crow flies) to the east-southeast; the major city of Toulouse is just under 70 kilometres away to the north. The municipality lies in the Massif du Plantaurel.

The commune consists of the village of Castex, small settlements and individual farmsteads.

History

Castex was a bastide within the castlanei of Le Carla in the county of Foix in the Middle Ages. The commune belonged to the district of Mirepoix-Pamiers from 1793 to 1801. It was also in the canton of Daumazan from 1793 to 1801 and was part of the canton of Le Mas d’Azil (1793-1801) under the name of the canton of Mas d’Azis from 1801 to 2015.

Population development

Year 1793 1800 1821 1831 1856 1866 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2012
Inhabitants 428 319 302 368 424 397 145 108 98 97 76 73 96 97
Sources: Cassini and INSEE

In the 19th century the village had at times over 400 inhabitants. The increasing mechanization of agriculture led to a continuous decline in the number of inhabitants to the lows of more recent times.

Places of interest

  • Village church Saint-Pierre from 1899 with a wooden statue of Christ from the 14th century
  • Calvary and wayside cross

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Commons: Castex– Collection of images, videos and audio files