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Church of Saint-Nicolas
Church of Saint-Nicolas
Location of Aullène
Aullène is located in France
Aullène is located in Corsica
Coordinates: 41°46′23″N 9°04′54″E / 41.7731°N 9.0817°E / 41.7731; 9.0817Coordinates: 41°46′23″N 9°04′54″E / 41.7731°N 9.0817°E / 41.7731; 9.0817
IntercommunalityCC Alta Rocca
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Pierre Castellani
40.92 km2 (15.80 sq mi)
 • Density4.6/km2 (12/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
2A024 /20116
Elevation629–1,724 m (2,064–5,656 ft)
(avg. 850 m or 2,790 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Aullène is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Auddaninchi.[2]


Aullène is located some 35 km in a direct line (68 km by road) south-east of Ajaccio, 20 km in a direct line (36 km by road) north-east of Propriano, and 10 km in a direct line (21 km by road) east by south-east of Petreto-Bicchisano. Aullène is a mountain village with a pastoral tradition whose territory is in the upper part of a valley parallel to and south of the Taravo valley. Access to the commune is by road D420 from Serra-di-Scopamène in the south-east to the village in the south of the commune then continuing west by a tortuous route to Petreto-Bicchisano. The D69 road comes from Cargiaca in the south by a tortuous road to the village then continues north from the village through the length of the commune, then goes west across the Col de la Vaccia before continuing north to Zicavo.[3]

The village is at an altitude of 850 metres on the left bank of the Chiuvone (in Corsican Chjuvonu). It extends around two "pogs" (or poghji in Corsican) and is dominated by the Punta Ariola, a summit of 1,449 metres.

The Chjuvonu river, called Le Fleuve (The River) by locals, rises on the Cuscionu plateau, which marks the north by north-eastern border of the commune, and passes near the village before continuing its course towards south by south-west towards the Rocca region and joins the Rizzanese below Zoza.

Ridge lines, including the main summit of Punta di Sistaja (1,724 metres), are the natural boundaries of the village to the east, north and west while the Col de la Tana delimits the territory in the south by south-west.

Neighbouring communes and villages[3][edit]


The name of the commune is Aullène in French and Audde' in Corsican - the accent after the "e" corresponds to a tone mark on the final "e" and not the French "é", it sounds almost like au|g|ddè.

In Corsican it sounds different depending on whether it is in the diquai (di qua dai monti) or in the dilai (di là dai monti). A simple test is to ask how to say grandmother and grandfather: if it is mammone and babbone that is in diquai; if it is minnana and missiavu then that is dilai. In addition, each micro-region has its indiosyncrasies and phonological features. Thus in the Alta Rocca region, which is a dilai area, the "ll" is strongly dentalised which turns it into a small palatal "d", hence the modern spelling Audde' instead of Aullé as written in the Terrier of Corsica in 1769.

There has been a myriad of suppositions made by scholars on the etymology of the name "Aullène".

Among the certainties, it is known that the people of Alta Rocca say Audde' and that the French geographers of the late 18th century used the name Aullène. Aullene is found written on Italian acts in the 17th century. In the 16th century Auguliena appears in the detail of inhabited places in the Pieve of Talla.

In the village some have argued that the origin of the name comes from Ancient Greek meaning "crossroads" (in Greek diodos = "place where two roads meet"; triodos = "place where three roads meet"). The crossroads, however, are rather recent in Aullène as the road to Ajaccio was not opened until the end of the 19th century and completed in 1927.

Geographers in the late 18th century supported the Latin term meaning alder to give a French name to the village because they believed that the word had a rapport with the fragrance of alder in some mountain valleys (Alnus alnobetula subsp. suaveolens or u bassu in Corsican).

The term Auguliena was used in texts in the mid-16th century (see the research by Antoine-Dominique Monti in Elements for a dictionary of proper names) meaning a "scan point" or "observation post". This solution is plausible as it was probably a fortified place in the 11th century and certainly in the 13th century when the Giudice (Sinucello Della Rocca was called the "Giudice of Cinarca") monitored and controlled the neighbouring lords.


The village of Aullène lies in the heart of the Alta Rocca micro-region and is strongly influenced by an old pastoral tradition. Until just before the First World War, which cut off Corsican families from their traditional lives, the residents of Aullène moved with their cattle from the mountain pastures to the coast for the winter months during the rainy season or the impiaghiera then went back to their summer pastures in the mountains or a muntanera before the onset of malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Between Monacia-d'Aullène, the summer village, and Aullène is Ghjanuciu - now a hamlet which was well populated until recent times. Ghjanuciu was a stop at the foot of the Montagen de Cagna on the Transhumance way for the shepherds. It is therefore not surprising to find the same families in the three villages.

It was not only individual property that was shared between two villages - part of the land owned by the commune of Aullène on the Cuscionu was in joint ownership with Monacia-d'Aullène and some coastal lands in Monacia-d'Aullène was also ij joint ownership with Aullène.

Livestock breeding was so important in the commune that the parish feast on the first Sunday of August continued to be the largest cattle fair in the region until the Second World War.

In 2010 there were 464 permanent residents in Monacia-d'Aullène, from which the hamlet of Aullène separated to be an independent commune in 1870, and 182 in Aullène. These figures can increase fivefold or more when the so-called "Corsican diaspora" come to spend the summer at the village.

In July 2009 a fire destroyed some 3,500 hectares of forest from the hamlet of Burgu (Propriano) to the Col de Vaccia (Aullène). According to police investigations the fire was caused by work done on an electrical line at Burgu.[5]


List of Successive Mayors[6]

From To Name Party Position
1948 1983 Blanchard Lucchini Pharmacist
1983 2006 Michel Martini REG Teacher
2006 2020 Pierre Castellani Entrepreneur

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 182 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
- 868 642 901 1,033 1,104 1,100 1,229 1,443
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
1,412 1,494 780 888 914 1,064 1,036 1,172 1,148
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
1,240 1,201 1,533 1,579 1,636 2,004 2,113 2,050 1,663
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
334 315 246 176 149 138 183 182 -

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

Population of Aullène

Distribution of Age Groups[edit]

Percentage Distribution of Age Groups in Aullène and Corse-du-Sud Department in 2010

Aullène Aullène Corse-du-Sud Corse-du-Sud
Age Range Men Women Men Women
0 to 14 Years 10.1 8.4 16.5 14.4
15 to 29 Years 10.1 10.8 16.7 15.5
30 to 44 Years 24.2 21.7 20.0 20.2
45 to 59 Years 20.2 21.7 22.1 21.1
60 to 74 Years 24.2 25.3 16.5 16.7
75 to 89 Years 10.1 10.8 7.7 10.6
90 Years+ 1.0 1.2 0.6 1.4


Culture and heritage[edit]

Civil heritage[edit]

The commune has a large number of buildings and structures that are registered as historical monuments:

  • House 103 (17th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[7]
  • House 10 (17th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[8]
  • House 11 (1694)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[9]
  • House 12 (19th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[10]
  • House 16 (1883)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[11]
  • House 18 (1872)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[12]
  • House 20 (1878)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[13]
  • House 22 (1872)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[14]
  • House 24 (1839)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[15]
  • House 25 (19th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[16]
  • House 26 (1697)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[17]
  • House 28 (19th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[18]
  • House 30 (1835)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[19]
  • House 32 (1843)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[20]
  • House 33 (19th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[21]
  • House 34 (19th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[22]
  • House 37 (1846)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[23]
  • House 3 (1922)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[24]
  • House 51 (18th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[25]
  • House 53 (19th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[26]
  • House 58 (1901)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[27]
  • House 66 (19th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[28]
  • House 71 (1885)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[29]
  • House 74 (19th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[30]
  • House 75 (19th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[31]
  • House 8 (19th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[32]
  • House 91 (19th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[33]
  • House 96 (19th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[34]
  • House 99 (19th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[35]
  • House 9 (1842)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[36]
  • War Memorial (20th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[37]
  • Houses (17th-20th centuries)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[38]
  • Chiuvonu Bridge (19th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[39]
  • La Liberté Fountain (1881).Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[40]

The fountain has a Statue of Marianne (1863)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg that is registered as an historical object.[41]

Other sites of interest
  • A Fortified place from the 11th century north-east of the centre of the village at a place called "Vastellare" is a small summit on which was built a fortress - probably in the eleventh century. This position is located above the current D69 road, which was a former pathway descending from Zicavo which was widely used by people in Transhumance. At a place called Castellare (or Casteddaru in Corsican) the site of the castle can be reached by the remains of a very old stone staircase.
  • A Fortified place from the 13th century, lower than "Castellare" on a hillock planted with chestnut trees around which part of the village extends (Campanaju on the Geoportal map). This was the stronghold built by Giudice di Cinarca (or his real name Sinucello Della Rocca) who unified the island in its entirety in a short time. The position on the Campanaghju allowed Sinucello Della Rocca, who was in perpetual conflict with the lords of Levie and Carbini, to monitor movements on the Zicavo to Levie road and he was able to withdraw to an easily defensible position.

Religious heritage[edit]

Church of Saint-Nicolas entrance

The commune has two religious buildings that are registered as historical monuments:

  • The Chapel of Saint-Antioche (1820).Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[42] The Catholic community in the village every first Sunday in August leads the representation of the Saint in procession from the church to celebrate the Transfiguration in contribution to the village festival. The "Fiera di Sant'Antiochu" (Saint Antioch Fair) in Aullène was one of the largest cattle fairs in Corsica until the Second World War. The Chapel contains two items that are registered as historical monuments:
  • The Parish Church of Saint-Nicolas (19th century).Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[45][46] The Parish Church has many items which are registered as historical objects:
  • The Protestant Church was built in 1905 and remained active until the Second World War.

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

  • Sinucello Della Rocca, called "Il Ghjudiciu di Cinarca" (1221-1306 or 1312) - In 1264 he accepted a form of constitution and succeeded in uniting the island around the end of the 13th century; his seat was at a fortified place on the heights of Aullène.
  • Jean-Baptiste Natali (1883-1974) - Born in Aullène; writer; teacher, prosecutor of the Republic; author of Nos Géorgiques (Our Georgics) (1921), Parmi le thym et la rosée (Among the Thyme and the dew) (1934), a study on the Alta Rocca dialect, and La Poésie dialectale du peuple corse (The Dialectical poetry of the Corsican people) (1961).
  • Pierre-Dominique Lucchini, known by the pen-name Pierre Dominique (1889-1973) - journalist and politician; author of Chroniques corses (1926).
  • Simon Dary or Simonu d'Auddè (1900-1978) - Born at Monacia-d'Aullène; poet, prose writer, and writer of fables (text, poetry, and plays); author of Filosofia, cumediola in dui atti è sei sceni (1965) and Risa Corsa (1977).
  • Pierre Rossi (1920-2002) - Born at Aullène; writer and philosopher; teacher and diplomat; author of L'Irak des révoltes (Revolts in Iraq) (1962), La Libye (Libya), La Tunisie de Bourguiba (The Tunisia of Bourguiba), "De Suez à Akaba" (From Suez to Aqaba), Le pétrole arabe dans la guerre (Arab oil in war), Les clefs de la guerre (The keys of war), La verte Libye de Khadafi (The green Libya of Qaddafi), La cité d'Isis, histoire vraie des Arabes (The City of Isis, a true history of Arabs) (1976), L'Irak, le pays du nouveau fleuve (Iraq, the country with long news), Un soir à Pise (An evening at Pisa), Les conjurés d'Aléria (The plotters of Aléria), U disturbu 1789-1989, la mise à sac (1989), La Corse, l'Europe et le droit (Corsica, Europe, and the right) (1991).
  • Lucie Dolène (1931) - originally from Aullène; singer and comedian
  • Jacques Chaban-Delmas, Prime Minister (1969-1972)
  • Jean-Claude Gaudin, Senator-Mayor of Marseille

See also[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 Archived 6 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine, 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, 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. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Inhabitants of Corse-du-Sud (in French)
  3. ^ a b Google Maps
  4. ^ a b S. Cauvin-Lucchini, Chronicles of a village in Alta Rocca, CdA, 1999, Read online (in French)
  5. ^ Jean-jacques Gambarelli and Nadia Amar, Corse-du-Sud 4500 hectares destroyed, lives devastated, Corse Matin, 25 July 2009, Read online (in French)
  6. ^ List of Mayors of France (in French)
  7. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A001273 House 103 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  8. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A000406 House 10 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  9. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A001119 House 11 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  10. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A001264 House 12 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  11. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A001265 House 16 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  12. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A000407 House 18 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  13. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A001266 House 20 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  14. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A001140 House 22 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  15. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A000408 House 24 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  16. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A000409 House 25 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  17. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A000423 House 26 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  18. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A001141 House 28 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  19. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A000410 House 30 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  20. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A000412 House 32 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  21. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A000404 House 33 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  22. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A001173 House 34 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  23. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A001267 House 37 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  24. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A001118 House 3 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  25. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A000413 House 51 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  26. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A000414 House 53 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  27. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A000415 House 58 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  28. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A001268 House 66 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  29. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A001269 House 71 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  30. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A000416 House 74 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  31. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A000417 House 75 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  32. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A000405 House 8 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  33. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A001270 House 91 (in French)
  34. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A001271 House 96 (in French)
  35. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A001272 House 99 (in French)
  36. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A000418 House 9 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  37. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A000426 War memorial (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  38. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A000422 Houses (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  39. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A000421 Chiuvonu Bridge (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  40. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A000419 La Liberté Fountain (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  41. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM2A000299 Statue: Marianne (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  42. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A000420 Chapel of Saint-Antioche (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  43. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM2A000298 Altar, Tabernacle, Stoup, Altar Pulpit, 4 Candlesticks, 2 Statues, and a book (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  44. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM2A000263 Painting: Intercession of the Virgin and Child for the souls in Purgatory (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  45. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00099129 Parish Church of Saint-Nicolas (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  46. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A000403 Parish Church of Saint-Nicolas (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  47. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM2A000060 Pulpit (in French)
  48. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM2A000262 Furniture in the Church (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  49. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM2A000261 Furniture in the Sacristy (in French)
  50. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM2A000260 12 Stalls (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  51. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM2A000259 Celebrant Chair (in French)
  52. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM2A000258 Tabernacle in the main Altar (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  53. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM2A000257 Baptismal fonts (in French)
  54. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM2A000256 Cope decorated in gold (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  55. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM2A000255 Chasuble, Stole, and Maniple decorated in gold (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  56. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM2A000254 Corporal Burse, Chasuble, and Maniple decorated in gold (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  57. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM2A000253 Chasuble, Maniple, and Chalice cover decorated in gold (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  58. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM2A000252 Chalice No. 3 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  59. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM2A000251 Chalice No. 2 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  60. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM2A000250 Chalice No. 1 (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  61. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM2A000249 Pulpit (in French)Camera aabb.svg

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