Ur, Pyrénées-Orientales

Ur (French: [yʁ] (listen); Catalan: Ur['urr]) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.

Ur
The church of Saint-Martin, in Ur
The church of Saint-Martin, in Ur
Coat of arms of Ur
Location of Ur
Ur is located in France
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Ur
Ur is located in Occitanie
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Ur
Coordinates: 42°27′46″N 1°56′18″E / 42.4628°N 1.9383°E / 42.4628; 1.9383Coordinates: 42°27′46″N 1°56′18″E / 42.4628°N 1.9383°E / 42.4628; 1.9383
CountryFrance
RegionOccitania
DepartmentPyrénées-Orientales
ArrondissementPrades
CantonLes Pyrénées catalanes
IntercommunalityPyrénées Cerdagne
Government
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Francis Gantou[1]
Area
1
6.79 km2 (2.62 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2019)[2]
359
 • Density53/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
66218 /66760
Elevation1,155–1,540 m (3,789–5,052 ft)
(avg. 1,250 m or 4,100 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

ToponymyEdit

The name of the village is attested in the form Hur as early as 839 AD, and is of pre-Indo-European origin, coming from the Ur-Or-Ar root - quite common in the Pyrenees - which designates a place where there is a spring or a river; the pre-Celtic root *Ur- still means "water" in Basque. Despite local folklore, there is no known relation to the Biblical city-state of Ur.

GeographyEdit

Ur is located in the canton of Les Pyrénées catalanes and in the arrondissement of Prades. Ur-Les Escaldes station has rail connections to Villefranche-de-Conflent and Latour-de-Carol.

 
Map of Ur and its surrounding communes

PopulationEdit

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1968 256—    
1975 272+0.87%
1982 260−0.64%
1990 269+0.43%
1999 308+1.52%
2007 332+0.94%
2012 353+1.23%
2017 363+0.56%
Source: INSEE[3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires". data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.
  3. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE