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AURILLAC, a town of central France, capital of the department
of Cantal, 140 m. N.N.E. of Toulouse, on the Orléans railway
between Figeac and Murat. Pop. (1906) 14,097. Aurillac
stands on the right Bank27479-h.htm'>Bank of the Jordanne, and is dominated
from the north-west by the Roc Castanet, crowned by the castle
of St Etienne, the keep of which dates from the 11th century.
Its streets are narrow and uninteresting, with the exception of
one which contains, among other old houses, that known as the
Maison des Consuls, a Gothic building of the 16th century,
decorated with sculptured stone-work. Aurillac owes its origin
to an abbey founded in the 9th century by St Géraud, and the
abbey-church, rebuilt in the 17th century in the Gothic style,
is the chief building in the town. The former college, which
dates from the 17th century, is now occupied by a museum and
a library. There is a statue of Pope Silvester II., born near
Aurillac in 930 and educated in the abbey, which soon afterwards
became one of the most famous schools of France. Aurillac
is the seat of a prefect, and its public institutions include tribunals
of first instance and of commerce, a chamber of commerce, a
lycée, training-colleges and a branch of the Bank27479-h.htm'>Bank of France.
The chief manufactures are wooden shoes and umbrellas, and
there is trade in cheese and in the cattle and horses reared in
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