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Saint Orens Pouy Petit

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Country  France
Department  Gers
Canton  Valence-sur-Baïse
Area  11.31 km²
Local time  Wednesday 12:48 AM
Region  Occitanie
Arrondissement  Condom
Time zone  CET (UTC+1)
Population  141 (1999)
Saint-Orens-Pouy-Petit
Weather  9°C, Wind S at 0 km/h, 83% Humidity

Saint-Orens-Pouy-Petit is a commune in the Gers department in southwestern France.

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Map of 32100 Saint-Orens-Pouy-Petit, France

Central to the commune is the classic Gers Pierre Blanche bastide of St Orens, consisting of a walled community on a fierce outcrop of rock, situated 2 km to the east of the D654 between Condom and Saint-Puy. St Orens commands magnificent views to the south, including the Pyrenees in fine weather.

On a facing hill is the hamlet of Hameau de Pouy-Petit.

Saint Orens holds a fine Catholic church and the Château St Orens (sixteenth century). Hameau de Pouy-Petit has the Château gascon de Pouy-Petit (eighteenth century).

Economy

Agriculture

St Orens sits within of a large agricultural region, with common crops including corn, colza, sunflowers and grain. There are also a number of vineyards, producing grapes for wine or distilling.

Local market towns are renowned for their fine fruit and vegetables, particularly Condom, Nérac and Lectoure

Other products from local producers include:

  • Armagnac brandy
  • Côtes de Gascogne
  • Floc de Gascogne
  • Foie gras
  • Sites of interest

  • Fortified village walls (St Orens) - St Orens is enclosed by white stone walls (incomplete in sections) dating to the thirteenth century
  • Château de St Orens (sixteenth century) - forming the western end of the fortified village, now containing the Salle de Fête (a function and exhibition space) and Mairie (mayor's office). The chateau was given to a lieutenant of the famous French gentleman soldier Blaise de Monluc, based in Saint-Puy.
  • Château de Pouy-Petit (eighteenth century)
  • Lavoir: a reconstructed washing area below St Orens, used by the villagers prior to modern plumbing
  • Library
  • Ceramics workshop and gallery
  • Brocante
  • Rare and vintage button shop
  • Tennis court
  • Boule patch
  • Arts

    Like much of the Gers, St Orens had seen a slow period of decline through the twentieth century, leaving a number of properties in the village empty. An influx of newcomers and returnees in the 1970s and 1980s helped reverse this process. A number of these people were artists and artisans, creating a vibrant artistic community. The Salle de Fête regularly hosts arts exhibitions by local artists, and the nearby Musée d'Art Naïf (Béraut) compliments this picture.

    Flora and fauna

    Observed around the bastide:

    Mammals

    Coypu, various deer species, wild boar

    Birds

    Barn owl, golden oriole, hoopoe, black redstart, kestrel, common buzzard, black kite, greenfinch, rock bunting, pigeon

    Butterflies

    Orange tip, peacock, southern swallowtail, clouded yellow, small blue, white admiral, red admiral, painted lady, Queen of Spain fritillary

    References

    Saint-Orens-Pouy-Petit Wikipedia


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