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A dry stone hut in Vals-près-le-Puy
A dry stone hut in Vals-près-le-Puy
Vals-près-le-Puy is located in France
Location within Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
Vals-près-le-Puy is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Coordinates: 45°01′45″N 3°52′32″E / 45.0292°N 3.8756°E / 45.0292; 3.8756Coordinates: 45°01′45″N 3°52′32″E / 45.0292°N 3.8756°E / 45.0292; 3.8756
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Loire
Arrondissement Le Puy-en-Velay
Canton Le Puy-en-Velay-1
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Alain Royet
Area1 5.12 km2 (1.98 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 3,527
 • Density 690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 43251 /43750
Elevation 632–850 m (2,073–2,789 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.

Vals-près-le-Puy is a commune in the Haute-Loire department in south-central France.

Its inhabitants are known as Valladiers.

It is twinned with Aielo de Malferit (Spain).


The town is located in the valley of the river Dolaizon. It forms the South-West border of Le Puy-en-Velay and its highest point is Mount Ronzon (850 m).


Le Puy became part of the province of Velay in 1789.


Historical population of Vals-près-le-Puy
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

Places and monuments[edit]

  • Augustinian Monastery early 17th century. Historic Monument.
  • Church of Saint Vosy, chapel of the monastery 17th century. Historic Monument.
  • Chibottes (ancient dry masonry constructions)[1][2]
  • Wooden chibotte of Lirate 17th century and 19th century.[3][4][5]

Chibottes were circular or semi-circular stone huts built between the 17th century and the 19th century as shelters (especially for wine growers).

Notable people[edit]

  • Auguste Aymard, 1808–1889, mayor Vals-près-le-Puy, polymath (curator of the Crozatier museum, archivist, palaeontologist, archaeologist).
  • Joseph Rumillet Charretier 1833–1916 grew verbena (Fr: verveine) at his property in Vals and founded the distillery Verveine du Velay in 1858.
  • Michel Rioufol, artist who studied under Fernand Léger

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