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The word pousterles is derived from the Latin "posterula" for "postern".

There are five of these very steep, medieval stairway lanes in Auch. They are one of the city's curiosities. They give access to the river from the high town and were used for supplying water. The "vieille pousterle" is larger than the others and devoid of steps.

Some of these lanes bear names in the Gascon language, such as Les Couloumats ("the pigeons") , Las Oumettos ("the small elms")

Collection Tourisme Gers/OT Grand Auch/GAA/Michel Carrossio, Collection Tourisme Gers/CRT Midi-Pyrénées/Viet Dominique, Collection Tourisme Gers/CDT32/Gérard Vilminot
 
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