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is a commune
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in the Hautes-Alpes
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department in southeastern France
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in the Queyras
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Regional Natural Park.
Saint-Véran, located in the French Alps
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is the most elevated commune of the French Republic (and of Europe). It is the third highest village in Europe
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Juf is a village in the municipality of Avers in the canton of Graubünden, Switzerland. At above sea level, it is the highest village with permanent residents in Switzerland and in Europe. Juf has a population of about 24 inhabitants divided over 6 families in a concentrated settlement. They were...
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Permanent population is around 300 but this is swelled by tourists in both summer and winter. In addition to tourism the main activities are agriculture and wood crafts.
The village is named after Saint Véran, 6th century Bishop of Cavaillon who in legend drove away a dragon.
The Observatoire de Saint-Véran was constructed nearby by the Observatoire de Paris in the early 1970s.