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The 13th-century church of Saint-Saturnin.
Saint-Andoche basilica
Saint-Andoche basilica
Coat of arms of Saulieu
Coat of arms
Saulieu is located in France
Coordinates: 47°16′51″N 4°13′46″E / 47.2808°N 4.2294°E / 47.2808; 4.2294Coordinates: 47°16′51″N 4°13′46″E / 47.2808°N 4.2294°E / 47.2808; 4.2294
Country France
Region Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Department Côte-d'Or
Arrondissement Montbard
Canton Saulieu
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Anne-Catherine Loisier
Area1 32.03 km2 (12.37 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 2,588
 • Density 81/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 21584 /21210
Elevation 394–596 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.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Saulieu is a commune in the Côte-d'Or department in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region in eastern France.

Capital of the Morvan, situated within the Morvan Regional Park, Saulieu lies to the 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 Basilica of Saint Andoche, famous for its 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 "Cock Fight - south arcade, fourth pier (facing the aisle)".[1]


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1844 3,023 —    
1962 3,269 +8.1%
1968 3,303 +1.0%
1975 2,946 −10.8%
1982 3,084 +4.7%
1990 2,917 −5.4%
1999 2,837 −2.7%
2008 2,588 −8.8%


  • 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.

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