Saint-Ursanne is an old town and a former municipality of the district of Porrentruy in the canton of Jura, Switzerland which has preserved much of its medieval character. The town contains many historical buildings, including a Romanesque abbey church, a collegiate church, a cloister, many medieval houses, a hermitage and an 18th-century bridge. The river Doubs makes a loop near Saint-Ursanne before flowing into France. Since 2009 Saint-Ursanne has been a part of the new municipality Clos du Doubs.[1] An active railway station is located above the town, to the east.

The town is famous for the medieval festival which it organizes each summer,[2] and for the annual St-Ursanne - Les Rangiers International Hill Climb in August.[3][4]

Its name refers to Saint Ursicinus, a seventh-century monk who built a monastery here.

Notable people

  • Ursicinus of Saint-Ursanne (7th century), an Irish missionary and hermit, his supposed sarcophagus is preserved in St-Ursanne
  • Saint Wandregisel (c. 605–668 AD), a Frankish courtier, monk, and abbot; lived as a hermit in complete solitude at Saint-Ursanne
  • Lionel Régal (1975 – 2010 in Saint-Ursanne), a French hillclimbing racer, died in a crash in Saint-Ursanne
  • Cathérine Hug (born 1976), an art historian and curator, was brought up in Saint-Ursanne
  • Benjamin Conz (born 1991 in Saint-Ursanne), a Swiss professional ice hockey goaltender


  1. ^ Amtliches Gemeindeverzeichnis der Schweiz. Ausgabe vom 3. Oktober 2008
  2. ^ "Les Médiévales, St-Ursanne". Canton of Jura Tourism. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Hill climb, Les Rangiers". Canton of Jura Tourism. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  4. ^ Kelly, Peter. "Ascend To The Green Heaven In St. Ursanne". Speedhunters. Retrieved 28 August 2016.

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