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Coordinates: 47°16′51″N 4°13′46″E / 47.2808°N 4.2294°E / 47.2808; 4.2294
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Saint-Andoche basilica
Saint-Andoche basilica
Coat of arms of Saulieu
Location of Saulieu
Saulieu is located in France
Saulieu is located in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Coordinates: 47°16′51″N 4°13′46″E / 47.2808°N 4.2294°E / 47.2808; 4.2294
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Martine Mazilly[1]
32.03 km2 (12.37 sq mi)
 • Density73/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
21584 /21210
Elevation394–596 m (1,293–1,955 ft)
(avg. 545 m or 1,788 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Saulieu (French pronunciation: [soljø]) is a rural commune in the Côte-d'Or department in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region in eastern France. Its 2,413 inhabitants (in 2017) call themselves Sédélociens.

Capital of the Morvan, situated within the Morvan Regional Natural Park, Saulieu lies 250 km southeast of Paris on the RN6 road.



This walled town has existed since Roman times when it was known as Sidolocus (or Sedelocus), as seen on the tombs and engravings that can be found in the hills overlooking the modern town. Every Saturday morning a unique market is held in the square selling goods of many kinds.[citation needed]


The 13th-century church of Saint-Saturnin.

The Basilica of Saint Andoche, noted for its west portal[3] and carved capitals depicting biblical stories and religious teachings, was founded as an abbey church in the 6th century. Rebuilt as a collegiate church in the 12th century, it became a Minor Basilica in 1919.

There are over 60 carved capitals in the basilica, several of which have narrative figures. Some of the capitals are the Flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15), Balaam (Numbers 23-24), The Risen Christ (John 20:11-18; Matthew 28:1-10), Temptation of Christ (Mt 4:1-11; Mk 1:12-13; Lk 4:1-13) and the capital of the "Cockfight in the south arcade, fourth pier (facing the aisle)".[4][5]


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1836 3,023—    
1901 3,583+0.26%
1936 3,121−0.39%
1962 3,269+0.18%
1968 3,303+0.17%
1975 2,946−1.62%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1982 3,084+0.66%
1990 2,917−0.69%
1999 2,837−0.31%
2007 2,616−1.01%
2012 2,514−0.79%
2017 2,413−0.82%
Source: EHESS[6] and INSEE (1968-2017)[7]


  • Saint Andoche Basilica, a Romanesque church built around 1130–1140.
  • Tomb of Saint Andoche, reputed to be writer of the evangelistary of Charlemagne.
  • Cemetery of the church of Saint Saturnin with Gallo-Roman graves.
  • François Pompon regional museum.

International relations




See also



  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires" (in French). data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises. 13 September 2022.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2021" (in French). The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 28 December 2023.
  3. ^ Forsyth, Ilene H. (January 1980). "The Romanesque Portal of the Church of Saint-Andoche at Saulieu (Côte-d'Or)". Gesta. 19 (2): 83–94. doi:10.2307/766718. ISSN 0016-920X.
  4. ^ The Basilica of St. Andoche in Saulieu, Burgundy - Sacred Destinations
  5. ^ Forsyth, Ilene H. (April 1978). "The Theme of Cockfighting in Burgundian Romanesque Sculpture". Speculum. 53 (2): 252–282. doi:10.2307/2853398. ISSN 0038-7134 – via Journals University of Chicago.
  6. ^ Des villages de Cassini aux communes d'aujourd'hui: Commune data sheet Saulieu, EHESS (in French).
  7. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE