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A general view of Apchon, seen from the château
A general view of Apchon, seen from the château
Coat of arms of Apchon
Coat of arms
Apchon is located in France
Coordinates: 45°15′00″N 2°41′41″E / 45.25°N 2.6947°E / 45.25; 2.6947Coordinates: 45°15′00″N 2°41′41″E / 45.25°N 2.6947°E / 45.25; 2.6947
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Cantal
Arrondissement Mauriac
Canton Riom-ès-Montagnes
Intercommunality Pays de Gentiane
 • Mayor (2008–2020) Pierre Pouget
Area1 12.43 km2 (4.80 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 210
 • Density 17/km2 (44/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 15009 / 15400
Elevation 833–1,143 m (2,733–3,750 ft)
(avg. 1,060 m or 3,480 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.

Apchon is a French commune in the Cantal department in the Auvergne region of south-central France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Apchonnais or Apchonnaises.[1]


Apchon is located some 80 km south-west of Clermont-Ferrand, 25 km north-west of Murat, and 30 km south-east of Bort-les-Orgues. Access is by the D3 road from Riom-ès-Montagnes in the north-west passing through the north of the commune to Murat in the south-east. Access to the village is by the D49 which branches off the D3 north-east of the commune and passes through the village then south to Saint-Hippolyte. There is also the D249 from the village south-west to join the D263 south of Collandres. Apart from the village there are also the hamlets of La Ribeyre and La Vidal along the D3, and Brechailles on the north-east. Apart from some patches of forest in the north the commune is entirely farmland.

The Petite Rhue river flows from south to north through the commune and continues to join the Grande Rhue river at Coindre. The Ruisseau de Brechailles flows from the south-east to join the Petite Rhue north of the D3. The Ruisseau de Mazeyres rises in the south of the commune and flows into the Petite Rhue on the left bank. Several small streams rise in the west of the commune and flow north-west eventually joining and flowing into the Veronne.[2]

Neighbouring communes and villages[edit]



Arms of Apchon
The official status of the blazon remains to be determined.

Sable, a cross of Or cantoned at 1 and 2 with a roundel the same; at 3 a battle-axe contourned Argent; at 4 a monk bald and bearded in Argent.


List of successive mayors[3]

From To Name Party Position
2001 2020 Pierre Pouget

(Not all data is known.)


In 2009 the commune had 210 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

Population Change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
680 697 992 814 901 955 952 1,010 1,231
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
1,072 946 843 869 753 788 810 902 805
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
699 748 695 629 675 678 668 669 600
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2009 -
510 455 352 313 257 242 215 210 -

Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

Population of Apchon

Sites and monuments[edit]

The Château fort d'Apchon (12th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg is registered as an historical monument.[4]

The Church contains several items that are registered as historical objects:

Views of Apchon[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by Law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002, the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" allows, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For communes with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, and the entire territory of these communes is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force on 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.


  1. ^ Inhabitants of Cantal (French)
  2. ^ a b Google Maps
  3. ^ List of Mayors of France
  4. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA15000047 Château fort d'Apchon (French)
  5. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM15000056 Altar, Retable, and Statue (French)Camera aabb.svg
  6. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM15000055 Altar, Retable, 2 Statues, and a Bust-Reliquary (French)Camera aabb.svg
  7. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM15000054 Altar, Retable, and 2 Group Sculptures (French)Camera aabb.svg
  8. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM15000053 Statue: Virgin and child (French)Camera aabb.svg
  9. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM15000052 Retable in the main Altar (French)Camera aabb.svg
  10. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM15000051 2 Sarcophagii (French)