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Dax
Fontaine chaude
Fontaine chaude
Coat of arms of Dax
Coat of arms
Dax is located in France
Dax
Dax
Coordinates: 43°43′N 1°03′W / 43.71°N 1.05°W / 43.71; -1.05Coordinates: 43°43′N 1°03′W / 43.71°N 1.05°W / 43.71; -1.05
Country France
Region Aquitaine
Department Landes
Arrondissement Dax
Canton Dax
Intercommunality Grand Dax
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014]) Gabriel Bellocq
Area
 • Land1 19.70 km2 (7.61 sq mi)
Population (1999)
 • Population2 19,515
 • Population2 density 990/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 40088 / 40100
Elevation 2–46 m (6.6–150.9 ft)
(avg. 9 m or 30 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Dax (French pronunciation: ​[daks]; Dacs in Occitan) is a commune in Aquitaine in south-western France, sub-prefecture of the Landes department.

It is particularly famous as a spa, specialising in mud treatment for rheumatism and similar ailments.

It is also a market town, former bishopric and busy local centre, especially for the Chalosse area.

Place de la cathédrale.

History[edit]

It was first established by the Romans, and its reputation is supposed to date from a visit by Julia, the daughter of the first Emperor Octavian Augustus. Its Roman name was Civitas Aquensium. In the Middle Ages, it was administered by viscounts until 1177. With the acquisition of Aquitaine by Henry II Plantagenet, later King of England, Dax remained under the English rule until 1451, when it was conquered by the French troops before the end of the Hundred Years' War. It successfully withstood a Spanish siege in 1521-1522.

Later Dax kept its tradition as a renowned spa site.

Main sights[edit]

  • Roman archaeological crypt, including the foundings of a Roman temple from the second century AD.
  • Remains of the Gaul-Roman walls (4th century)
  • Cathedral of Notre-Dame Ste-Marie
  • Church of Saint-Vincent-de-Xaintes.
  • Fontaine Chaude ("Hot Fountain").

Twin towns[edit]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ New York Times obit

References[edit]

External links[edit]



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4 news items

 
20minutes.fr
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:48:45 -0700

... deux blessés graves et une quarantaine de blessés plus légers à Denguin (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), la circulation des trains va reprendre mardi 22 juillet sur les deux axes Dax (Landes)-Pau (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) et Bayonne (Pyrénées-Atlantiques)-Pau.

Sud Ouest

Le Figaro
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 03:24:16 -0700

Dans le cadre d'une vaste affaire d'escroquerie en bande organisée, le président du tribunal de Dax (Landes) a décidé de délocaliser le procès dans... une salle de spectacle, selon Sud Ouest. Plus de 600 victimes venant de tout le pays ont été invitées ...

Le Dauphiné Libéré

Le Dauphiné Libéré
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:07:30 -0700

Non, ce ne sont pas les bons numéros de l'Euro Millions, mais les valeurs atteintes, en degrés Celsius, par les thermomètres de Bergerac (Dordogne), Dax (Landes), et Cazaux (Gironde) hier après-midi ! L'Aquitaine a ainsi été largement touchée par la ...

Ouest-France

Ouest-France
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:48:56 -0700

... en début de matinée.Le directeur de l'hôpital de Pau a précisé que l'état de deux enfants, dont un en bas âge, admis en pédiatrie aprèsl'accident « n'inspire aucune inquiétude » pas plus que celui d'un adulte se trouvant à l'hôpital de Dax (Landes).
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