The bridge and church in Saint-Affrique
|• Mayor (2001–2008)||Alain Fauconnier (PS)|
|110.96 km2 (42.84 sq mi)|
|• Density||73/km2 (190/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||279–720 m (915–2,362 ft) |
(avg. 330 m or 1,080 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
Saint-Affrique grew in the 6th century around the tomb of St. Africain, bishop of Comminges. In the 12th century a fortress was built on the neighboring rock of Caylus. The possession of Saint-Affrique was vigorously contested during the French Wars of Religion. It was eventually occupied by the Huguenots until 1629, when it was seized and dismantled by a royal army.
The Sorgues, a tributary of the Dourdou de Camarès, flows through the commune and crosses the town. The Dourdou de Camarès flows northwestward through the western part of the commune and forms part of its northwestern border.
Saint-Affrique was the birthplace of:
- Pierre Frédéric Sarrus (1798–1861), mathematician
- Lucien Galtier (1812–1866), priest who built the first Catholic Church in Minnesota, USA
- Pierre-Auguste Sarrus (1813–1876), musician and inventor
- Noël Édouard, vicomte de Curières de Castelnau (1851-1944) General
- Émile Borel (1871–1956), mathematician and politician
- Stéphane Diagana (born 1969), athlete
- Richard Sainct (born 1970), motorcycle racer
The Grand Prix of Saint-Affrique has been awarded to noted Parisian painters since the second part of the 20th century. It consists of a month-long stay of at the hotel of famous chef François Decucq during which the painters could visit and paint one of the most beautiful county of France. Some prize winners: Daniel du Janerand, Maurice Boitel.
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