Le Crest

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Le Crest
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Le Crest is located in France
Le Crest
Le Crest
Coordinates: 45°41′07″N 3°07′39″E / 45.685346°N 3.127384°E / 45.685346; 3.127384Coordinates: 45°41′07″N 3°07′39″E / 45.685346°N 3.127384°E / 45.685346; 3.127384
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Puy-de-Dôme
Arrondissement Arrondissement of Clermont-Ferrand
Canton Canton of Veyre-Monton
Intercommunality Communauté de communes Les Cheires
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-François Carriot
Area1 6.84 km2 (2.64 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 1,128
 • Density 160/km2 (430/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 63126 / 63450
Elevation 366–653 m (1,201–2,142 ft)
(avg. 608 m or 1,995 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.

Le Crest is a commune in the Puy-de-Dôme department in Auvergne in central France. It is a market village of a rural region is known for wine growing and other agricultural crops. As in areas of Italy, the ancient village developed around a fortress chateau built on a hilltop for defensive purposes. Dwellings of commoners were built outside the walls of the chateau. The village has a central square with a fountain and a market cross. Agricultural fields extend away from the limits of the village, so the people lived near each other in the village and would travel outside to the fields and vineyards to work.

Anton Docher, a missionary Catholic priest who served for 34 years at Pueblo of Isleta in New Mexico, United States of America, was born in Le Crest in 1852. He was later known as "The Padre of Isleta."

In popular culture[edit]

  • The activities of the World War II resistance in Le Crest were the subject of the third series of the 1989 television drama Wish Me Luck.
  • Samuel Gance's historical novel, Anton ou la trajectoire d'un père (2013), recounts the adventurous life of Father Anton Docher after he emigrated to the United States. Much of it is set in the village.[1] It describes the life of the wine growers of the 19th century.


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  1. ^ Samuel Gance. Anton ou la trajectoire d'un père. L'Harmattan, 2013, p.1-52 et p.101-110.