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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
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 Languedoc-Roussillon
Department Lozère
Arrondissement Mende
Canton Saint-Chély-d'Apcher
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Pierre Lafont
Area1 28.26 km2 (10.91 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 4,316
 • Density 150/km2 (400/sq mi)
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.

Its inhabitants are called Barabans. 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").


Saint Chély d'Apcher is located at the centre of the Gévaudan area, between Aubrac and Margeride.

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.


  • Le musée des papillons (Museum of butterflies) contains more than 2700 species of butterfly.


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.


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.

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.


Twin towns[edit]

See also[edit]