The Château of Saint-Étienne, in Saint-Étienne-de-Chomeil
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Béatrice Chaumeil|
|Area1||27.57 km2 (10.64 sq mi)|
|• Density||7.7/km2 (20/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||15185 /15400|
|Elevation||500–981 m (1,640–3,219 ft)
(avg. 700 m or 2,300 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.
The river Rhue forms all of the commune's northern border.
Sites of interest
- The Church
Dedicated to Saint-Étienne — French for Saint Stephen — this church takes elements from both Roman and Gothic architectures. Built during the 11th and 12th centuries, it is a Monument Historique since 1993. One of its most characteristic features is its south-west capital, supporting a Sagittarius and two faces, one of which — the right one on the picture below — features an enormous tongue.
- The Castle
Saint-Étienne's castle was built during the 14th century, then heavily modified from the 17th century onwards.
- Rocher d'Urlande (Rock of Urlande)
Witness of the volcanic history of the department, the Rocher d'Urlande is now a renowned rock-climbing site.
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