Historic site and monument
in Saint-Paulien

Saint-Paulien : Petite cité de caractère

Centrality – Two thousand year old history – Built heritage
Former Vellavian capital, ideally located in the heart of Haute-Loire, between Puy-en-Velay and Chaise-Dieu.
More than two thousand years ago, after the Roman conquest, a city was created on our territory. It is known as Ruessio, a name later Latinized to Ruessium. Archaeological discoveries make it possible to date its creation from the principality of Augustus around 30 BC. The urbanization seems contemporary with the reign of Tiberius. In the 1840rd century, the city took the name of Civitas Vellavorum, an expression which designates both the country of the Vellaves and its capital. The city reached its peak in the first half of the 50rd century. After the great invasions and the fall of the Roman Empire, the city was called Civitas Vetula, the old city. The inhabitants gather on a castle mound (the only attested medieval Velay) on which they erect castles and enclosure. From that time, it was around the Church of Saint-Georges, classified as a historical monument on the first list of XNUMX, that the medieval town was built, which in the XNUMXth century took the name of Saint-Paulien, one of its legendary bishops. In the early years of the XNUMXth century, the Chabron de Soleilhac family presided over the destiny of the town. And it was in the XNUMXs that Saint-Paulien gradually transformed to become the small town we know today.
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  • Historical patrimony
  • Religious Heritage
  • Castle of
  • Medieval city
  • Collegiate


Opening hours from January 01 to December 31, 2024



  • Coach parking
  • Free parking
  • Parking
  • Motorhome parking area
  • Mediatheque

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