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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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5 news items

Francetv info

Francetv info
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 04:24:25 -0700

Dax (Landes), qui accueille jusqu'à dimanche 800.000 "festayres", outre sa corrida, mise de plus en plus sur différentes traditions locales, culture, animations diurnes, pour éviter que la fête ne se résume à des excès nocturnes. Constatant "une ...
 
Le Parisien
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:44:31 -0700

DAX (LANDES). Bien sûr, la féria, à Dax, c'est un concert, une corrida par jour, des courses landaises. Mais aussi, durant ces cinq jours et cinq nuits de fête en rouge et blanc jusqu'à dimanche, une fête des enfants, l'Encierro des pitchounes, qui ont ...

metronews

metronews
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:45:00 -0700

La municipalité avait pris un arrêté interdisant toute manifestation à moins de 650 mètres des arènes. Jean-Pierre Garrigues doit déjà comparaître le 22 septembre à Dax (Landes) pour des faits similaires commis à Rion-des-Landes le 24 août 2013.
 
tele-animaux.com
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:19:19 -0700

Toulouse, 25 août 2014 (AFP) - Le président des militants anti-corrida du CRAC Europe, qui ont perturbé samedi soir la corrida de Maubourguet (Hautes-Pyrénées), est resté 20 heures en garde à vue et devra comparaître devant le tribunal de Tarbes le 6 ...

Ouest-France

Ouest-France
Sun, 10 Aug 2014 19:07:48 -0700

L'avion a donc été transporté dans un atelier spécialisé dans la restauration et l'entretien d'aéronefs, près de Limoges, et métamorphosé avec le soutien du musée de l'Alat, à Dax (Landes). « Les travaux ont été réalisés entre janvier et juin 2013. Cet ...
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