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Coordinates: 43°53′29″N 0°29′58″W / 43.89138888889°N 0.49944444444°W / 43.89138888889; -0.49944444444

Commune of Mont-de-Marsan

Confluent Mont de Marsan.JPG
Confluence of the Douze and Midou rivers in Mont-de-Marsan
Location
Mont-de-Marsan is located in France
Mont-de-Marsan
Administration
Country France
Region Aquitaine
Department Landes
Arrondissement Mont-de-Marsan
Intercommunality Marsan
Mayor Geneviève Darrieussecq
(2008–2014)
Statistics
Elevation 23–97 m (75–320 ft)
(avg. 63 m/210 ft)
Land area1 36.88 km2 (14.24 sq mi)
Population2 30,700  (2005)
 - Density 832 /km2 (2,150 /sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 40192/ 40000
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Mont-de-Marsan is a commune and capital of the Landes department in Aquitaine in south-western France.

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Monuments and sites

  • The Donjon Lacataye is the keep of a 14th century castle
  • Despiau-Wlérick Museum (1930s sculpture by two local artists)

Sport

People born in Mont-de Marsan

Miscellaneous

Two historic punk rock music festivals were held in Mont-de-Marsan's bullring in 1976 and 1977.

Mont-de-Marsan airbase is a major installation of the Armée de l'Air. The base includes CEAM (the French air force military experience center), an air defense radar command reporting centre, and an air defence control training site. Mont-de-Marsan airbase was formerly home to France's first operational squadron of nuclear bombers, the Dassault Mirage IVA.

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

MONT-DE-MARSAN, a town of south-west France, capital of the department of Landes at the confluence of the Midou and the Douze, 92 m. S. of Bordeaux on the Southern railway between Morcenx and Tarbes. Pop. (1906), 9059. Most of the buildings are in the older quarter, on the peninsula between the two rivers forming the Midouze. La Pepiniere, a beautiful public garden, extends along the right bank of the Douze. A keep of the 14th century, now used for military purposes, was built by Gaston Phoebus, count of Foix, to overawe the inhabitants, and goes by the name of Nou-li-Bos (in modern French "Tu ne l'y veux pas"). The finest of the modern buildings is an officers' club, which contains a small museum. A court of assizes sits in the town; the local institutions comprise a tribunal of first instance, a branch of the Bank of France, and a lycee. The industries include distillation of turpentine and resinous oils, tanning, the founding and forging of metal, wood-sawing, and manufactures of machinery and straw envelopes for bottles. There is trade in resin, wine, brandy, timber, cattle, horses and other live stock.

Mont-de-Marsan, the first of the Bastides (q.v.) of the middle ages, dates from 1141, when it was founded by Pierre, vicomte de Marsan, as the capital of his territory. In the 13th century it passed to the viscounts of Beam, but the harsh rule of Gaston Phoebus and some of his successors induced the people to favour the English. The territory was united to the French Crown on the accession of Henry IV.


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Coordinates: 43°53′29″N 0°29′58″W / 43.89138888889°N 0.49944444444°W / 43.89138888889; -0.49944444444

Commune of Mont-de-Marsan
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Confluence of the Douze and Midou rivers in Mont-de-Marsan

Location

Mont-de-Marsan
Administration
CountryFrance
Arrondissement Mont-de-Marsan
Intercommunality Marsan
Mayor Geneviève Darrieussecq
(2008-2014)
Statistics
Elevation Template:Convert/–
(avg. 63 m / 207 ft)
Land area1 36.88 km2 (14.24 sq mi)
Population1 30,700  
 - Density 832 /km2 (2,150 /sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 40192/ 40000
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Mont-de-Marsan is a commune and prefecture of the Landes department in Aquitaine in southwestern France.

Monuments and sites

  • The Donjon Lacataye is the keep of a 14th century castle
  • Despiau-Wlérick Museum (1930s sculpture by two local artists)

Sport

People born in Mont-de Marsan

  • Pierre Bosquet, Marshal of France, (1810 - 1861)
  • Charles Despiau, sculptor, (1874 - 1946)
  • Robert Wlérick, sculptor, (1882 – 1944)
  • Alain Juppé, politician and former Prime Minister of France, (1945 - )
  • Patrick Biancone, Thoroughbred horse racing trainer, (1952 - )
  • Thomas Castaignède, rugby union footballer, (1975 - )
  • Paul Astin, Marathon runner, (1986 – )
  • Fabien Vehlmann, comics writer, (1972 - )

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