Le Perthus

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Le Perthus
El Pertús
Coat of arms of Le Perthus
Le Perthus (France)
Le Perthus
region Occitania
Department Pyrénées-Orientales
Arrondissement Ceret
Canton Vallespir-Albères
Community association Vallespir
Coordinates 42 ° 28 ′  N , 2 ° 52 ′  E Coordinates: 42 ° 28 ′  N , 2 ° 52 ′  E
height 196-647 m
surface 4.27 km 2
Residents 574 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 134 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 66480
INSEE code

Le Perthus ( El Pertús in Catalan ) is a French commune with 574 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in the Occitanie region in the foothills of the Pyrenees about 20 km west of the steep Mediterranean coast.

The village consists of two parts, the French part - an almost pure place to live - and the Spanish part, which consists almost entirely of shops where you can buy goods with tax privileges. This part called Els Límits is assigned to the Catalan municipality of La Jonquera .

The actual border crossing of the old country road is just behind the village. The motorway between France ( A9 ) and Spain (A7) runs directly above the village.

It is believed that Hannibal and his elephants died in the Second Punic War in 218 BC. Crossed the Col du Perthus in BC to set up camp in Illiberis (today's Elne ) at the foot of the Pyrenees.

Nearby is the 17th century Fort de Bellegarde fortress .

In Le Perthus, the motorway (A9 in F, AP-7 in E) crosses the LGV Perpignan – Figueres high-speed railroad at an acute angle , which runs underground in a good 8 km long tunnel. Both run roughly in a north-south direction, cross the state border here and represent high-level connections from France in the northeast to Spain in the southwest.

Le Perthus (2005)

References and comments

  1. This widespread thesis is not historically secured. Compare: Le Col du Perthus in the French-language Wikipedia
  2. ^ Fort de Bellegarde in the French language Wikipedia

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