Vals-près-le-Puy

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Vals-près-le-Puy
Vals-près-le-Puy is located in France
Vals-près-le-Puy
Vals-près-le-Puy
Coordinates: 45°01′45″N 3°52′32″E / 45.0292°N 3.8756°E / 45.0292; 3.8756Coordinates: 45°01′45″N 3°52′32″E / 45.0292°N 3.8756°E / 45.0292; 3.8756
Country France
Region Auvergne
Department Haute-Loire
Arrondissement Le Puy-en-Velay
Canton Le Puy-en-Velay-Sud-Ouest
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Alain Royet
Area
 • Land1 5.12 km2 (1.98 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 3,527
 • Population2 density 690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 43251 / 43750
Elevation 632–850 m (2,073–2,789 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.

Vals-près-le-Puy is a commune in the Haute-Loire department in south-central France.

Its inhabitants are known as Valladiers.

It is twinned with Aielo de Malferit (Spain).

Geography[edit]

The town is located in the valley of the river Dolaizon. It forms the South-West border of Le Puy-en-Velay and its highest point is Mount Ronzon (850 m).

History[edit]

Le Puy became part of the province of Velay in 1789.

Demography[edit]

Historical population of Vals-près-le-Puy
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999
Population 1829 2449 3070 3505 3426 3391
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

Places and monuments[edit]

  • Augustinian Monastery early 17th century. Historic Monument.
  • Church of Saint Vosy, chapel of the monastery 17th century. Historic Monument.
  • Chibottes (ancient dry masonry constructions)[1][2]
  • Wooden chibotte of Lirate 17th century and 19th century.[3][4][5]

Chibottes were circular or semi-circular stone huts built between the 17th century and the 19th century as shelters (especially for wine growers).

Notable people[edit]

  • Auguste Aymard, 1808–1889, mayor Vals-près-le-Puy, polymath (curator of the Crozatier museum, archivist, palaeontologist, archaeologist).
  • Joseph Rumillet Charretier 1833–1916 grew verbena (Fr: verveine) at his property in Vals and founded the distillery Verveine du Velay in 1858.
  • Michel Rioufol, artist who studied under Fernand Léger

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External links[edit]

All sites in French, unless otherwise indicated:

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