A view in the centre of the village
|• Mayor (2001–2008)||Pierre Lafont|
|Area1||28.26 km2 (10.91 sq mi)|
|• 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.
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").
Monuments and tourist areas
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.
Higher education and research
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.
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