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Coat of arms of Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac
Coat of arms
Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac is located in France
Coordinates: 45°02′55″N 0°58′12″E / 45.0486°N 0.97°E / 45.0486; 0.97Coordinates: 45°02′55″N 0°58′12″E / 45.0486°N 0.97°E / 45.0486; 0.97
Country France
Region Aquitaine
Department Dordogne
Arrondissement Sarlat-la-Canéda
Canton Montignac
Intercommunality Terre de Cro-Magnon
 • Mayor (2010–2014) Georges Mazeau
 • Land1 59.90 km2 (23.13 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 1,547
 • Population2 density 26/km2 (67/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 24356 / 24580
Elevation 116–304 m (381–997 ft)
(avg. 280 m or 920 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.

Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac is a commune in the Dordogne department in Aquitaine in southwestern France.


The town has few historic buildings as it was destroyed by the Germans in March 1944, the only remaining buildings being the church and the house adjacent. The destruction was caused because two German officers were captured by the French Resistance during World War II. The captives were not harmed but escaped and returned to the town for retribution. No one was killed during the destruction but a rape was reported and many private families had all their possessions stolen by the German army.

Rouffignac today[edit]

These days the town is a good place to stay to visit the various historical sites of the region. It had its own history in the Rouffignac Cave which is many miles deep and has prehistoric cave paintings of woolly mammoths and other animals. The town is a living community and holds a market on Sunday mornings which sells many local products.


Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1975 1,474 —    
1982 1,429 −3.1%
1990 1,465 +2.5%
1999 1,484 +1.3%
2008 1,547 +4.2%

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