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Saint-Orens-Pouy-Petit is a commune in the Gers department in southwestern 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).
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
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
Ceramics workshop and gallery
Rare and vintage button shop
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.
Observed around the bastide:Mammals
Coypu, various deer species, wild boarBirds
Barn owl, golden oriole, hoopoe, black redstart, kestrel, common buzzard, black kite, greenfinch, rock bunting, pigeonButterflies
Orange tip, peacock, southern swallowtail, clouded yellow, small blue, white admiral, red admiral, painted lady, Queen of Spain fritillary