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Saint-Patrice Church in Saint-Parize-le-Châtel
|Intercommunality||Loire et Allier|
|• Mayor (2020–2026)||André Garcia|
|49.11 km2 (18.96 sq mi)|
|• Density||26/km2 (67/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||180–247 m (591–810 ft)|
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
The area was evangelised in the 6th century by Patricius (Saint Patrice), a monk after whom the village was named. Before that, the place was known as Gentilico, Gentiliaco or Gentilly.
Sights and monuments
- Château de Villars: 14th century castle, parts of which have been listed since 1951 as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.
- Église Saint-Patrice (St Patrick's Church): the 12th century church and its crypt have been listed as a monument historique since 1862.
- Château de la Chasseigne: 15th century manor house.
- Château de Tâche: 16th century hunting lodge
- Château de Lange: fortified house whose origin was a small 12th century castle. The present structure dates from the 15th century.
- Les Fonts-Bouillants: sparkling water springs, exploited commercially between 1895 and 1975.
- Fontaine des vertus: spring in forest, from the same origin as the Fonts-Bouillants. The water is frequently bouillonnante (bubbling), caused by the release of carbon dioxide. According to local legend, Joan of Arc washed her sword in it after liberating Saint-Pierre-le-Moûtier in 1429.
- Crypt of Saint-Patrice Church
- Château de Lange
- The Fontaine des vertus
- The "Bouillonnements"
- "Répertoire national des élus: les maires". data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020.
- "Populations légales 2018". INSEE. 28 December 2020.
- Base Mérimée: Château de Villars, Ministère français de la Culture. (in French)
- Base Mérimée: Eglise et crypte, Ministère français de la Culture. (in French)