Sauveterre-de-Rouergue is a commune in the Aveyron department in southern France (Occitania).

It is one of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (most beautiful villages of France).

Former royal bastide located 30 km from Rodez on the route of the Méridienne Verte which passes a few hundred meters from the town (the town was associated with this operation in 2000), Sauveterre-de-Rouergue is located on the last foothills of the Massif Central, at 466 meters above sea level.

The town is built on the Ségala plateau, largely cut by a dense hydrographic network (the land of a hundred valleys).

Main attractions

Civil heritage

  • Central square, 40 m by 60 m, lined with covered arcades.
  • Streets with half-timbered houses, on corbels, sometimes decorated with stone bas-reliefs.
  • Shaded city tower: two city gates, a corner tower, the remains of the ditches.

Religious heritage

  • Saint-Christophe Collegiate Church, parish church, with its 15th century stalls, its flamboyant Gothic altarpiece from the early 17th century and its sculpted pulpit from the late 17th – early 18th century.
  • Church of Saint-Laurent d’Albagnac.
  • Church of Saint-Loup de Jouels.
  • Merette Cross from the 14th century.

How to get to?

From Paris: 6 hr 46 min (649 km) via A20

From Toulouse: 1 hr 45 min (130 km) via A68 and N88

From Andorra: 3 hr 57 min (308 km) via A68

From Barcelona: 5 hr 30 min (451 km) via C-16

From Madrid: 8 hr 50 min (932 km) via A-1 and A64

From Monaco: 5 hr 47 min (538 km) via A8

From Moscow: 34 hr (3,379 km) via E30/M1

From Belgrade: 18 hr 1 min (1,842 km) via E70

From Istanbul: 28 hr (2,791 km) via E70

From Bern: 7 hr 29 min (743 km) via A75

Main information

Area:  23 km2

Population: 716

Coordinates: 44°13′18″N 2°19′07″E

Language: French

Currency: Euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

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