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Saint-Germain-Laprade - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Haute-Loire

In Gallo-Roman times, where Saint-Germain-Laprade the current village is located was already occupied as shown, a Roman road, numerous fragments of pottery and coins of the time, a Gallo-Roman stele and above the current base of the bell tower consists of elements of an ancient temple.

The village later took its name from one of the two saints, Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois (384-448) and Saint-Germain in Paris (496-575), while Laprade means an extended closely.

It has a very old church. First mentioned in 1164. The construction was done in several stages. A primitive Romanesque structure was added in the fourteenth century two Gothic side chapels, and in the sixteenth century, two chapels in the North. In the nineteenth century, it is further processed (opening a occulus, crowning of the tower...) and in the twentieth century, several transformations altered a figure that remains special and original.

Plaid: In 976 took place in the neighboring plain, a major event. Under the episcopate of Anjou Guy stood a plaid (assembly of Justice) which allowed the bishop to impose peace to lords still at war. It was one of the first examples in the medieval West the victory of law over force. The millennium was celebrated in 1987 by a storied entertainment near the place of origin. Several hundred villagers participated in front of nearly 2,000 spectators.

An abbey - Abbey Doue - two kilometers, played an important role in local life. Occupied from the twelfth century by the Premonstratensian she knew centuries of prosperity before being sacked during the Revolution. Various restorations have helped save it from ruin.

Saint-Germain is also known for its castle and barony since the twelfth century. Various families occupied it: Turenne, of POINSAC of Mortuaries of Clérico. The barons were once "high justice". This was also the scene of a tragic episode of the Wars of Religion in 1590: The garrison led by Gabriel de Morgues was put to the sword.

Saint-Germain became common in 1790. The village is still the capital of a rather stretched common with other ancient villages like Fay's Triouleyre, Marnhac Noustoulet, Servissac, The Pine, The Pandraux... One of these villages, blavozy, left the town in the late nineteenth century to set themselves up as independent municipality.

Religiously, Saint-Germain-Laprade is a parish.

Finally, two memorials remind the heavy involvement of residents in the world wars of 1914-1918 and 1939-1945. Another monument to Peyrard recalled that July 14, 1944 three resistant were shot by the Germans.

A variable population: The population has varied as evidenced figures (1831: 2 184 inhabitants in 1861: 2604 inhabitants 1921 inhabitants 1610; 1975: 1491 inhabitants). The increase in communications, the extension of the Puy-en-Velay and development policies have reversed the trend (1982: 2169 inhabitants 1999: 3191 inhabitants). The official population from the census carried out in 2013 was 3 528 inhabitants (total population) in the municipality of Saint-Germain-Laprade.

The town retains a rural character until 1970-1980. The establishment of an industrial area, creating an industrial area, the subdivisions of birth and the opening of the Puy agglomeration modified profile in the western half.

If Saint-Germain-Laprade is now looking to the future, it still retains the imprint of a rich and quite prestigious past.

According to research conducted by Jacques Arnaud.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude45.0379880 (N 45° 2’ 17”)
Longitude3.9685070 (E 3° 58’ 7”)
AltitudeFrom 601m to 920m
Surface area28.09 km²
Population3661 inhabitants
Density130 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLe Puy-en-Velay (5.4 mi, 14 min)
Insee code43190
IntercommunalityCA du Puy-en-Velay
TerritoryAuvergne, Massif Central

Nearest cities & towns

Blavozy1.7 mi (5 min)
Brives-Charensac2.9 mi (7 min)
Le Monteil4 mi (8 min)
Lantriac4.3 mi (11 min)
Saint-Étienne-Lardeyrol4.7 mi (13 min)
Chadrac4.8 mi (9 min)
Arsac-en-Velay4.9 mi (12 min)
Chaspinhac5.5 mi (14 min)
Malrevers5.5 mi (12 min)
Le Puy-en-Velay5.7 mi (14 min)
Aiguilhe5.8 mi (14 min)
Coubon5.8 mi (17 min)
Saint-Julien-Chapteuil5.9 mi (12 min)
Espaly-Saint-Marcel6.5 mi (16 min)
Vals-près-le-Puy6.5 mi (17 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Natural sites

Events and festivities

Trad Ball and Street Music


Bourg Town
Bourg Town
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Cultural Center
Cultural Center
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Bourg Town in winter
Bourg Town in winter
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the town of Bourg
the town of Bourg
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Church Saint-Germain-Laprade
Church Saint-Germain-Laprade
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Mayor of Saint-Germain-Laprade
Mayor of Saint-Germain-Laprade
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Tuesday 23 may
Min. 6°C - Max. 24°C
Wednesday 24 may
Min. 9°C - Max. 21°C
Thursday 25 may
Min. 9°C - Max. 19°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Segway trip
Entertainment30 € Tence (16.6 mi)
Trapper evening in a Finnish cabin
Entertainment10 € Lapte (17.8 mi)
Rail bike ride on an old railway line
Sports sensations26 € to 40 € Pradelles (19.4 mi)
Family Adventure Park by the river
Entertainment20 € La Séauve-sur-Semène (23 mi)
Horse rides in wild Upper Allier
Nature and the great outdoors20 € to 350 € Langeac (26 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
HikeEasy3h00Brives-Charensac (2.1 mi)
Around the Loire
HikeEasy1h30Lavoûte-sur-Loire (6.3 mi)
The Corboeuf Ravines
HikeEasy1h30Rosières (6.6 mi)
Yssingeaux Pur Suc - Saint-Roch Hill
HikeEasy1h30Yssingeaux (10.5 mi)
Land of legends
Car itineraryEasy2h00Vorey (10.7 mi)


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