Houses by the Agout River
|Canton||Castres-1, 2 and 3|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Pascal Bugis|
|98.17 km2 (37.90 sq mi)|
|• Density||420/km2 (1,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Elevation||151–367 m (495–1,204 ft) |
(avg. 170 m or 560 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.|
Castres grew up round the Benedictine abbey of Saint Benoît. Castres became an important stop on the international pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela in Spain because its abbey-church, built in the 9th century, was keeping the relics of Saint Vincent, the renowned martyr of Spain. It was a place of some importance as early as the 12th century, and ranked as the second town of the Albigeois behind Albi.
Castres is in southern France, in the southwestern part of the Tarn department, to the north of the Montagne Noire, a mountain range in central southern France. Castres is crossed from north to south by the Agout river, a tributary of the Tarn.
Evolution of the population in Castres
Castres is a subprefecture of the Tarn department and the capital of the arrondissement of Castres in the same department. It is also the capital of three Cantons:
- Castres-1, formed with a part of Castres (16,890 inhabitants) (2014)
- Castres-2, formed with a part of Castres and 6 other communes (15,422 inhabitants) (2014)
- Castres-3, formed with a part of Castres and the commune Navès (15,319 inhabitants) (2014)
Castres is twinned with:
Castres and the Agout river
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