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Saint-Patrice Church in Saint-Parize-le-Châtel
Saint-Patrice Church in Saint-Parize-le-Châtel
Saint-Parize-le-Châtel is located in France
Coordinates: 46°51′18″N 3°10′57″E / 46.85500°N 3.18250°E / 46.85500; 3.18250Coordinates: 46°51′18″N 3°10′57″E / 46.85500°N 3.18250°E / 46.85500; 3.18250
Country France
Region Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Department Nièvre
Arrondissement Nevers
Canton Saint-Pierre-le-Moûtier
Intercommunality Loire et Allier
 • Mayor (2014–2020) André Garcia
Area1 49.11 km2 (18.96 sq mi)
Population (2014)2 1,321
 • Density 27/km2 (70/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 58260 /58490
Elevation 180–247 m (591–810 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-Parize-le-Châtel is a commune in the Nièvre département in central France.

The Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, a famous motor racing circuit that hosts the Formula One French Grand Prix, is located in the communes of Magny-Cours and Saint-Parize-le-Châtel.


The area was evangelised in the 6th century by Patricius (Saint Patrice), a monk after whom the village was named. Before that, the place was known as Gentilico, Gentiliaco or Gentilly.[citation needed]

During the French Revolution, Saint-Parize-le-Châtel was renamed Brenery for some months.[citation needed]

Sights and monuments[edit]

  • Château de Villars: 14th century castle, parts of which have been listed since 1951 as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture..[1]
  • Église Saint-Patrice (St Patrick's Church): the 12th century church and its crypt have been listed as a monument historique since 1862. [2]
  • Château de la Chasseigne: 15th century manor house.
  • Château de Tâche: 16th century hunting lodge
  • Château de Lange: fortified house whose origin was a small 12th century castle. The present structure dates from the 15th century.
  • Les Fonts-Bouillants: sparkling water springs, exploited commercially between 1895 and 1975.
  • Fontaine des vertus: spring in forest, from the ssame origin as the Fonts-Bouillants. The water is frequently bouillonnante (bubbling), caused by the release of carbon dioxide. According to local legend, Joan of Arc washed her sword in it after liberating Saint-Pierre-le-Moûtier in 1429.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ministry of Culture: Château de Villars (French)
  2. ^ Ministry of Culture: Eglise et crypte (French)

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