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A view in the centre of the village
A view in the centre of the village
Coat of arms of Saint-Chély-d'Apcher
Coat of arms
Location of Saint-Chély-d'Apcher
Saint-Chély-d'Apcher is located in France
Saint-Chély-d'Apcher is located in Occitanie
Coordinates: 44°48′14″N 3°16′34″E / 44.8039°N 3.276°E / 44.8039; 3.276
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Pierre Lafont
28.26 km2 (10.91 sq mi)
 • Density150/km2 (380/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
48140 /48200
Elevation935–1,126 m (3,068–3,694 ft)
(avg. 993 m or 3,258 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Saint-Chély-d'Apcher (Occitan: Sanch Ale dels Apchièrs) is a commune in the Lozère department in southern France.



Its inhabitants are called Barrabans. This name was allotted to the inhabitants of Saint Chély d'Apcher during the Hundred Years' War. In 1363, the town was attacked by the English. The inhabitants defended themselves with bars, and advanced towards the attacking English army to the cry of "barres en avant" ("bars ahead").

Coat of Arms

The shield of Saint Chély d'Apcher is a red castle with two blue axes and the background is golden. The axes can be a product of the legend of the eight Gévaudan's baronage.

Apcher Castle

Apcher Castle is a feudal castle. It is situated in a village called Prunières, 3 km from Saint Chély. Now, it is a ruin, the donjon alone is intact.

Gévaudan Beast

The Gévaudan Beast is an animal at the origin of many attacks against women and children between 1764 and 1767. It looked like a wolf or a werewolf. The beast is a legend but many people were actually killed.



There is an art festival: it's Saint Chely d'Arte. It happens during the second week-end of August. There are music, theater and exhibitions.


The cinema was renovated in 2014 to welcome both movies and plays. They are 144 seats. One ticket for children costs €4 and one ticket for adults costs €6.80.


The library is in the village square. It opens from Monday to Saturday. It is free for children who are less than sixteen years old.

Cultural Centre

The cultural centre was created in 1981. There are art exhibitions made by professional and hobbyist artists.


Radio Zema is a radio station. It's animated by employees and volunteers. This radio was created in July 1981.


Saint Chély d'Apcher is located at the centre of the Gévaudan area, between Aubrac and Margeride. It's in the North of Lozère. St Chély-d'Apcher is 935 meters high and it is 28.26 km2. There are 4,455 inhabitants in 2016. The climate is temperate. In summer it is warm, the temperatures can vary from 12 to 30 degrees Celsius. In winter it can be very cold, it can be freezing. It can snow a lot.[citation needed]


Fire Station

The fire station of St-Chély d'Apcher was inaugurated on July 21, 2010. There are approximately 46 firefighters. There are fire engines, a ladder truck, tankers, rescue trucks and two bikes. In 2014, the firefighters realized more than 548 interventions.[citation needed]


Gymnasiums of St Chely

There are 2 gymnasiums where there is climbing, body building, basketball, football and handball.

Sports Club

There are a lot of sports clubs. Dance, tennis and badminton for example.

Swimming pool

The swimming pool is called Atlantie. There, people can do many activities. There is an island for children. There are also a slide, a sauna and a Jacuzzi. There is a competition pool. There you can practise sporty swimming, synchronized swimming, swimming with fins and scuba-diving.

Monuments and tourist areas

Saint Chély d'Apcher has a bell tower without a church and a church without a bell tower.

The bell tower of the town is also the old town keep.


  • Le musée des papillons (Museum of butterflies) contains more than 2700 species of butterfly. But at the moment, the museum of butterflies is closed.
  • Le musée de la métallurgie (Metalworking Industry Museum) was created in 1990, by workers of the factory. It shows the life of these men at work and the story and evolution of the factory.


The town campsite is called "La Croix des Anglais". It is 2 hectares. It's close to the town centre and to the countryside. We can sleep in a tent, in a caravan, or in the open. It is situated between Margeride mountains and Aubrac.

Outdoor Activities

Hiking, horse riding, biking, hunting, fishing, skiing...


Saint Chély d'Apcher is a popular area for ornithologists, due to wide variety of both rural- and urban-dwelling birds that can be seen. Local dancing involves cartwheels, stamping and clapping, whilst men wear smocks and women wear traditional layered dresses.


The town has a long-standing iron foundry, owned by the ArcelorMittal group. It comprises production lines for rolling, annealing and scouring, and it also manufactures steel.

The Arcelor Mittal factory of Saint chely was created in 1916. It produces 100,000 tonnes of steel per year and it is the European leader in top of the range products. The customers are from the European Union. The factory invested almost €750,000 annually to preserve the environment. The factory is famous on a European scale. It is the only factory of Arcelor Mittal in Europe that produces pieces of sheet metal, more precisely non-oriented electrical steels.


Middle schools

There are 2 middle schools in Saint Chély d'Apcher. The Haut Gevaudan school (built in 1962) and the Sacre coeur school (built in 1959). This year (2016) there are around 300 students in the Haut Gévaudan school.

High schools

There are four high schools in Saint Chély d'Apcher: -> Théophile Roussel high school -> Sacré Coeur general high school -> Sacré Coeur professional high school (industry and cooking fields) -> Rabelais professional high school (nature and environnement fields) There are about 2,600 students in Saint Chély d'Apcher.

Higher education and research

Saint Chély d'Apcher has a college where it is possible to take a course in BTSA management and nature conservation. The college also proposes to offer a course in electronic and mechanical design and manufacture.


Twin towns

See also


  1. ^ "Populations légales 2017". INSEE. Retrieved 6 January 2020.

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