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Raulhac coat of arms
Raulhac (France)
region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Cantal
Arrondissement Aurillac
Canton Vic-sur-Cère
Community association Cère et Goul en Carladès
Coordinates 44 ° 54 '  N , 2 ° 39'  E Coordinates: 44 ° 54 '  N , 2 ° 39'  E
height 539-995 m
surface 16.98 km 2
Residents 272 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 16 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 15800
INSEE code

Raulhac - town view

Raulhac ( Occitan : identical) is a French city and a municipality with 272 inhabitants (at January 1, 2017) in the Cantal in the region of Auvergne Rhône-Alpes . Raulhac belongs to the historic region of Carladès .


The place Raulhac lies on the river Goul at an altitude of about 740 m above sea level. d. M. The distance to Aurillac is approx. 30 km (driving distance) in a westerly direction.

Population development

year 1800 1851 1901 1954 1999 2016
Residents 910 1,017 953 602 332 276

The population decline in the 20th century is largely due to the loss of jobs as a result of the mechanization of agriculture .


For centuries, the place Raulhac served the exclusively agriculturally oriented and self- sufficient hamlets ( hameaux ) and individual farms in the area as a center of handicrafts, trade and services. Since the middle of the 20th century tourism has played a not insignificant role for the economic life of the place in the form of the rental of holiday apartments ( gîtes ).


In the Middle Ages Raulhac belonged to the Vice-County Carlat ; the manorial power was successively in the hands of the Armagnaks (1414–1477), the Bourbons (1495–1505) and the French crown (1531–1643). In 1643, the French King Louis XIII. the Carladès to the county and gave it to the Monaco-based Grimaldi family as a fief; it retained this until the outbreak of the French Revolution .


Château de Messilhac
Château de Cropières
  • Which is in the south of the community Château de Messilhac ( 44 ° 52 '27 "  N , 2 ° 38' 0"  O ) from the 13th century; The three-story building with its two side towers was not built until the 16th century. The privately owned country palace has been classified as a Monument historique since 1921 .
  • Another country estate is the Château de Cropières in the north of the municipality ( 44 ° 55 ′ 23 ″  N , 2 ° 39 ′ 38 ″  E ). It dates from the 13th century, but was repeatedly rebuilt and expanded by its respective owners until the 18th century. The upper floor contains a room with paintings (hunting scenes, etc.). It was recognized as a Monument historique in 1986.
  • Other buildings include the Château du Mas de Raulhac , the Manoir de Valduchez and the Château de Courbelimagne, which has been converted into a charming country hotel .



  • Bernard Poulhès: L'Ancien Raulhac depuis ses origines jusqu'à la Révolution. 2 volumes, Le Livre d'histoire.

Web links

Commons : Raulhac  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Église Saint-Pierre, Raulhac in the Base Mérimée of the French Ministry of Culture (French)
  2. Château de Messilhac, Raulhac in the Base Mérimée of the French Ministry of Culture (French)
  3. Château de Cropières, Raulhac in the Base Mérimée of the French Ministry of Culture (French)