Saint-Nectaire, Puy-de-Dôme

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A view from the town
A view from the town
Saint-Nectaire is located in France
Location within Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
Saint-Nectaire is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Coordinates: 45°35′17″N 2°59′31″E / 45.588°N 2.992°E / 45.588; 2.992Coordinates: 45°35′17″N 2°59′31″E / 45.588°N 2.992°E / 45.588; 2.992
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Puy-de-Dôme
Arrondissement Issoire
Canton Le Sancy
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Alphonse Bellonte
Area1 33.26 km2 (12.84 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 750
 • Density 23/km2 (58/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 63380 /63710

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-Nectaire is a commune in the Puy-de-Dôme department in Auvergne in central France. The village is in two sections Saint-Nectaire-le-Haut and Saint-Nectaire-le-Bas.


Saint-Nectaire (from Sennecterre and Senneterre) was the name of an estate in Auvergne that belonged to the count of Auvergne, who ceded it at a date between 1146 and 1178 to the abbey of La Chaise-Dieu for the foundation of a priory and sepulcher dedicated to Saint Nectarius of Auvergne (Saint Nectaire), associated with the site as the first evangelist of the region.[1] The legenda of Saint Nectarius record the site of a temple of Apollo on Mont Cornadore, converted into the basilica, of which the oldest structures still standing are of the eleventh century. In the basilica is a characteristically Auvergnat Virgin and Child of the second half of the twelfth century. The site's thermal springs, which would account for a healing shrine of Apollo, were extensively developed in the 19th century into a spa facility.[2] In a cave in the mountain are hydrothermal stalagmites.

The château-fort, whose ruins survive near the church, gave its name to a feudal house holding distinguished rank in the 13th century but extinct in the 18th. The eldest branch of this family held the marquisate of La Ferté, and produced a heroine of the religious wars of the 16th century, Madeleine de Saint Nectaire (fr), who married Guy de St Exupery, seigneur de Miremont, in 1548, and fought successfully at the head of the Protestants in her territory against the troops of the League. To the same house belonged the branches of the marquises of Chateauneuf, the seigneurs of Brinon-sur-Sauldre and St Victour, and the seigneurs of Clavelier and Fontenilles, all of which are now extinct.

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  1. ^ Alain Erlande-Brandenburg, Saint-Nectaire (Gisserot: patrimoine culturel)
  2. ^ A. Rabigliati, "The Watering-places of the Auvergne: Saint-Nectaire and La Bourboule", The British Medical Journal 2 October 1880 on-line text