Saint-Chély-d'Apcher

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Saint-Chély-d'Apcher
A view in the centre of the village
A view in the centre of the village
Coat of arms of Saint-Chély-d'Apcher
Coat of arms
Saint-Chély-d'Apcher is located in France
Saint-Chély-d'Apcher
Saint-Chély-d'Apcher
Coordinates: 44°48′14″N 3°16′34″E / 44.8039°N 3.276°E / 44.8039; 3.276Coordinates: 44°48′14″N 3°16′34″E / 44.8039°N 3.276°E / 44.8039; 3.276
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Lozère
Arrondissement Mende
Canton Saint-Chély-d'Apcher
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Pierre Lafont
Area1 28.26 km2 (10.91 sq mi)
Population (2016)2 4,455
 • Density 160/km2 (410/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 48140 /48200
Elevation 935–1,126 m (3,068–3,694 ft)
(avg. 993 m or 3,258 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.

Saint-Chély-d'Apcher is a commune in the Lozère department in southern France.

History[edit]

"Barrabans"[edit]

Its inhabitants are called Barrabans. This name was allotted to the inhabitants of Saint Chély d'Apcher during the Hundred Years' War. In 1363, the town was attacked by the English. The inhabitants defended themselves with bars, and advanced towards the attacking English army to the cry of "barres en avant" ("bars ahead").

Coat of Arms[edit]

The shield of Saint Chély d'Apcher is a red castle with two blue axes and the background is golden. The axes can be a product of the legend of the eight Gévaudan's baronage.

Apcher Castle[edit]

Apcher Castle is a feudal castle. It is situated in a village called Prunières, 3 km from Saint Chély. Now, it is a ruin, the donjon alone is intact.

Gévaudan Beast[edit]

The Gévaudan Beast is an animal at the origin of many attacks against women and children between 1764 and 1767. It looked like a wolf or a werewolf. The beast is a legend but many people were actually killed.

Culture[edit]

Festival[edit]

There is an art festival: it's Saint Chely d'Arte. It happens during the second week-end of August. There are music, theater and exhibitions.

Cinema[edit]

The cinema was renovated in 2014 to welcome both movies and plays. They are 144 seats. One ticket for children costs 4€ and one ticket for adults costs 6.80€.

Library[edit]

The library is in the village square. It opens from Monday to Saturday. It is free for children who are less than sixteen years old.

Cultural Centre[edit]

The cultural centre was created in 1981. There are art exhibitions made by professional and hobbyist artsists.

Radio[edit]

<< Radio Zema >> is a radio station. It's animated by employees and volunteers. This radion was created in July 1981.

Geography[edit]

Saint Chély d'Apcher is located at the centre of the Gévaudan area, between Aubrac and Margeride. It's in the North of Lozère. St Chély-d'Apcher is 935 meters high and it's 28.26 km². There are 4,455 inhabitants in 2016. The climate is temperate. In summer it's warm, the temperatures can vary from 12 to 30 degrees. In winter it can be very cold, it can be freezing. It can snow a lot.

Economy[edit]

Fire Station[edit]

The fire station of St-Chély d'Apcher was inaugurated on July 21, 2010. There are approximately 46 firefighters. There are fire engines, a ladder truck, tankers, rescue trucks and two bikes. In 2014, the firefighters realized more than 548 interventions.

Sports[edit]

Gymnasiums of St Chely[edit]

There are 2 gymnasiums where we can do climbing , body building, basketball , football and handball.

Sports Club[edit]

There are a lot of sports clubs. Dance, tennis and badminton for example.

Swimming pool[edit]

The swimming pool is called Atlantie. There, people can do many activities. There is an island for children. There are also a slide, a sauna and a jacuzzy. There is a competition pool. There you can practise sporty swimming, synchronized swimming, swimming with fins and scuba-diving.

Monuments and tourist areas[edit]

Saint Chély d'Apcher has a bell tower without a church and a church without a bell tower.

The bell tower of the town is also the old town keep.

Museums[edit]

  • Le musée des papillons (Museum of butterflies) contains more than 2700 species of butterfly. But at the moment,the museum of butterflies is closed.
  • Le musée de la métallurgie (Metalworking Industry Museum)was created in 1990, by workers of the factory. It shows the life of these men at work and the story and evolution of the factory.

Camping[edit]

The town campsite is called "La Croix des Anglais". It is 2 hectares. It's close to the town centre and to the countryside. We can sleep in a tent, in a caravan, or in the open. It is situated between Margeride mountains and Aubrac.

Outdoor Activities[edit]

Hiking, horse riding, biking, hunting, fishing, skiing...

Others[edit]

Saint Chély d'Apcher is a popular area for ornithologists, due to wide variety of both rural- and urban-dwelling birds that can be seen. Local dancing involves cartwheels, stamping and clapping, whilst men wear smocks and women wear traditional layered dresses.

Industry[edit]

The town has a long-standing iron foundry, owned by the ArcelorMittal group. It comprises production lines for rolling, annealing and scouring, and it also manufactures steel.

The Arcelor Mittal factory of Saint chely was created in 1916. It produces 100,000 tonnes of steel per year and it is the European leader in top of the range products. The customers are from the European Union. The factory invested almost 750,000€ annuall to preserve the environment. The factory is famous on a European scale.It is the only factory of Arcelor Mittal in Europe that produces pieces of sheet metal, more precisely non-oriented electrical steels.

Education[edit]

Middle Schools[edit]

There are 2 middle schools in Saint Chély d'Apcher . The Haut Gevaudan school (built in 1962) and the Sacre coeur school (built in 1959). This year (2016) there are around 300 students in the Haut Gévaudan school.

High Schools[edit]

There are four high schools in Saint Chély d'Apcher : -> Théophile Roussel high school -> Sacré Coeur general high school -> Sacré Coeur professional high school (industry and cooking fields) -> Rabelais professional high school (nature and environnement fields) There are about 2,600 students in Saint Chély d'Apcher.

Higher education and research[edit]

Saint Chély d'Apcher has a college where it is possible to take a course in BTSA management and nature conservation. The college also proposes to offer a course in electronic and mechanical design and manufacture.

Transport[edit]

Twin towns[edit]

See also[edit]

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