Saint-Affrique is a commune in the Aveyron department in southwestern France.
Saint-Affrique grew in the 6th century
around the tomb
of St. Africain
, bishop of Comminges
. In the 12th century
was built on the neighboring rock of Caylus
. The possession of Saint-Affrique was vigorously contested during the French Wars of Religion
. It was eventually occupied by the Huguenots
, when it was seized and dismantled by a royal army.
An old bridge
over the Sorgues River
and some megaliths
in the neighborhood, especially, the dolmen
of Tiergues, are of antiquarian interest.
Saint-Affrique was the birthplace of :
Saint-Affrique prize was awarded to notorious Parisian painter artists during the second part of the 20th century. It consisted in a stay of one month in the hotel of famous cook François Decucq during which the painters could visit and paint one of the most beautiful county of France.
Some prize winners: Daniel du Janerand, Maurice Boitel.