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Country  France
Department  Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Intercommunality  Luys en Béarn
Area  3.16 km²
Region  Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Canton  Thèze
Population (2010)  303
Arrondissement  Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques
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Astis (Astís in Occitan) is a French commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of south-western France.


Map of 64450 Astis, France

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Astisiens or Astisiennes.


Astis is located some 20 km north of Pau and some 4 km south of Miossens-Lanusse. Access to the commune is by road D834 (Route de Bordeaux) from Pau entering the commune from the south-west passing through the village and continuing north to Sarron. The D39 road (Route de Morlaas) branches off the D834 in the north of the commune and goes south-east to Anos. The commune has a strip of forest along the length of the commune from north-west to south-east, parallel to the Route de Morlaas with the rest of the commune farmland.

The Luy de France forms the eastern border of the commune as it flows north eventually joining the Luy de Béarn and becoming the Luy river on the eastern border of Castel-Sarrazin commune. The Basta river rises in the south of the commune and flows north-west joining the Luy de France north of the commune.


The commune name in béarnais is also Astis. Michel Grosclaude proposed a Gascon etymology es (an old definitive article) followed by t(h)in ("Dependence") or tin ("singer").

The following table details the origins of the commune name:

  • Raymond: Topographic Dictionary of the Department of Basses-Pyrenees, 1863, on the page numbers indicated in the table. (French)
  • Grosclaude: Toponymic Dictionary of communes, Béarn, 2006 (French)
  • Census: Census of Béarn
  • Cassini Map: Cassini Map from 1750
  • Administration

    List of Successive Mayors

    (Not all data is known)


    The commune is part of four inter-communal structures:

  • the Community of communes of Luys en Béarn;
  • the AEP association of the regions of Luy and Gabas;
  • the Energy association of Pyrénées-Atlantiques;
  • the scholastic association Argelos-Astis;
  • Demography

    In 2010 the commune had 303 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.

    Population Change (See database)

    Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

    Civil heritage

    The commune has a number of buildings and structures that are registered as historical monuments:

  • A Chateau (19th century)
  • The Maison Mouras Farmhouse (1771)
  • A Farmhouse at Lamazou (1646)
  • The Maison Larrieu Farmhouse (17th century)
  • The Maison Lassus Farmhouse (1894)
  • Houses and Farms (17th-19th centuries)
  • A Fortified Complex (Prehistoric)
  • Religious heritage

    The Church of Saint John the Baptist (12th century) is registered as a historical monument.

    The Church contains many items that are registered as historical objects:

  • A Bronze Bell (1591)
  • Furniture in the Church
  • A Bronze Bell in the bell tower (1591)
  • A Ciborium (19th century)
  • 2 Altar Candlesticks (19th century)
  • 2 Altar Candlesticks (19th century)
  • 2 Altar Candlesticks (torch bodies) (19th century)
  • A Painting: Saint John in the desert (18th century)
  • A Worship bench (19th century)
  • Baptismal fonts (19th century)
  • 2 Statues: Saint Peter & Saint John (18th century)
  • Bas-relief: Christ on the cross between Saint Madeleine & Saint John (18th century)
  • A Retable (18th century)
  • Altar seating and Tabernacle (18th century)
  • Main Altar Seating, Tabernacle, and Retable
  • Facilities

    Astis has a primary school which is shared with Argelos as an inter-communal educational grouping.


    Astis Wikipedia

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