Meuzac

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Meuzac
Meuzac is located in France
Meuzac
Meuzac
Coordinates: 45°33′15″N 1°26′29″E / 45.5542°N 1.4414°E / 45.5542; 1.4414Coordinates: 45°33′15″N 1°26′29″E / 45.5542°N 1.4414°E / 45.5542; 1.4414
Country France
Region Limousin
Department Haute-Vienne
Arrondissement Limoges
Canton Saint-Germain-les-Belles
Intercommunality Martoulet
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Christian Redon-Sarrazy
Area
 • Land1 43.40 km2 (16.76 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 735
 • Population2 density 17/km2 (44/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 87095 / 87380
Elevation 324–495 m (1,063–1,624 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Meuzac (Occitan: Meusac) is a commune in the Haute-Vienne department in the Limousin region in west-central France.

Inhabitants are known as Meuzacois and Meuzacoises.

Geography[edit]

The town lies on an ancient granite bedrock (quarries of pink granite, called "Meuzac Stone") dug through the valleys of the Boucheuse and its tributary stream, the Roubardie (Garonne river basin), which respectively feed the two main water bodies of the municipality: Forgeneuve lake and La Roche lake, also called "Lac du Syndicat d'Initiative".

Presence of serpentine outcrops on the moors of Cluzeau and La Flotte (on Meuzac and Chateau-Chervix).

History[edit]

Meuzac is the only town in France with that name. There are various spellings in the ancient texts (Melsac eleventh century, then Mensac). The Latin etymology comes from the name of a man: Meletius.

Presence of pre-historic, Roman and Gallo-Roman remains.

The origin of the town is probably due to the exploitation of gold mines(quartz and gold ore). The few last gold mines still present in the early twentieth century have been abandoned by lack of sustainability, and recent surveys by sampling (1980) have demonstrated the non-viability of this operation under current methods.

The relay of the economic viability of the settlement was mainly due to agricultural and forestry activities: livestock, chestnut and small polyculture for food. There is evidence of the presence of ancient crafts (ironworks, brickworks).

Record the existence of a "Maison Hospitalière".

Places of interest and monuments[edit]

The Romanesque church, rebuilt in the seventeenth century, devoted to St. Peter-ad-Vincula, which twelfth-century chancel is presumably the oldest in the Limousin region, has two very original square towers, one over the apse and another on the west portal.

Remains of a priory of the Order of Grandmont (monastic cell) at the village of Le Cluzeau.

The La Roche lake, or Lac du Syndicat d'Initiative, is ranked first category for leisure.

The Forgeneuve lake is a Mecca for waterskiing in France.

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