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The commune has been awarded three flowers by the National Council of Towns and Villages in Bloom in Bloom. Aurillac is at 600 metres above sea level and located at the foot of the Cantal mountains in a small Sedimentary basin. The city is built on the banks of a tributary of the Cère, facing its mountain slopes. It is 558 km (346 mi) south-southeast of Paris and 223 km (138 mi) north-northwest from Toulouse. Aurillac was part of a former Auvergne province called Haute-Auvergne, which corresponds to today's Cantal department, along with six other departments: Aveyron, Lot, Lozère; Corrèze; Creuse; Dordogne and Puy de Dôme. The Bishopric [ edit ] In 1095 Pope Urban II declared it an episcopal see under Bishop Peter de la Chastre who became first bishop.