Castres (Castras in the Languedocian dialect of Occitan language) is a town and commune of Languedoc in south-western France. It is the capital of an arrondissement in the département of Tarn, itself in the région of Midi-Pyrénées.
With a population of 61,760 inhabitants in the metropolitan area in 1999, Castres is the third-largest industrial centre of Midi-Pyrénées (a predominantly rural région) after Toulouse and Tarbes, and the largest industrial centre in the part of Languedoc between Toulouse and Montpellier.
Castres is best known as the home of famous socialist leader Jean Jaurès, as well as for its major Goya Museum of Spanish paintings. (...) more…
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