Saint-Parize-le-Châtel is a commune in the Nièvre département in central France.

Saint-Patrice Church in Saint-Parize-le-Châtel
Location of Saint-Parize-le-Châtel
Coordinates: 46°51′18″N 3°10′57″E
IntercommunalityLoire et Allier
  Mayor (20202026) André Garcia[1]
49.11 km2 (18.96 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2018)[2]
  Density26/km2 (67/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
58260 /58490
Elevation180–247 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 Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, a famous motor racing circuit that hosts the Formula One French Grand Prix, is located in the communes of Magny-Cours and Saint-Parize-le-Châtel.


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.[citation needed]

During the French Revolution, Saint-Parize-le-Châtel was renamed Brenery for some months.[citation needed]

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.[3]
  • Église Saint-Patrice (St Patrick's Church): the 12th century church and its crypt have been listed as a monument historique since 1862.[4]
  • 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.

See also


  1. "Répertoire national des élus: les maires"., Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020.
  2. "Populations légales 2018". INSEE. 28 December 2020.
  3. Base Mérimée: Château de Villars, Ministère français de la Culture. (in French)
  4. Base Mérimée: Eglise et crypte, Ministère français de la Culture. (in French)