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Passa (France)
region Occitania
Department Pyrénées-Orientales
Arrondissement Ceret
Canton Les Aspres
Community association Aspres
Coordinates 42 ° 35 '  N , 2 ° 49'  E Coordinates: 42 ° 35 '  N , 2 ° 49'  E
height 85-204 m
surface 13.47 km 2
Residents 820 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 61 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 66300
INSEE code
Website Passover

Passover - Monastir del Camp

Passa ( Catalan Paçà ) is a place and a municipality in the south of France with 820 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in the Occitania region in the old cultural landscape of Roussillon .


The place Passa lies at a height of approx. 125  m above sea level. d. M. in the eastern foothills of the Pyrenees and is around 16 kilometers (driving distance) in a south-westerly direction from Perpignan ; the old episcopal city of Elne is about 16 kilometers to the east.

Population development

year 1800 1851 1901 1954 1975 1999 2012
Residents 200 280 403 438 650 569 693

Despite the phylloxera crisis in viticulture and the loss of jobs due to the mechanization of agriculture , the population of the municipality rose almost continuously due to its relative proximity to the city of Perpignan.


Traditionally, the residents lived as self-sufficient food from their (wine) fields and from a little cattle-raising (sheep, goats, chickens). The wines produced in the municipality today are marketed through various appellations . Since the middle of the 20th century, there has been income from tourism in the form of renting holiday apartments ( gîtes ).


Although the place was located on an important trade route, the later Via Domitia , in ancient times, the Celts , Romans , Visigoths and Moors left no traces on the municipality. The first mention of the place comes from the year 801; a Saint-Pierre church is first mentioned in 899. In 1130, Bishop Udalgar von Elne sold the church to the nearby priory of Sainte-Marie del Camp .


  • The Saint-Pierre church is originally a Romanesque building, but it was redesigned in the 15th and 17th centuries; the apse also disappeared . An external feature is a clock tower in the west, on which a wrought iron 'crown' with two bells hung on top of each other was placed. Inside there is an eight-spoke bell wheel with twelve small bells.
Cloister of the Monastir del Camp


Web links

Commons : Passa  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Prieuré Saint-Estève de Monastir-del-Camp, Passa in the Base Mérimée of the French Ministry of Culture (French)