Beynac-et-Cazenac

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Beynac-et-Cazenac
Beynac and its château by the Dordogne River
Beynac and its château by the Dordogne River
Coat of arms of Beynac-et-Cazenac
Coat of arms
Location of Beynac-et-Cazenac
Beynac-et-Cazenac is located in France
Beynac-et-Cazenac
Beynac-et-Cazenac
Beynac-et-Cazenac is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Beynac-et-Cazenac
Beynac-et-Cazenac
Coordinates: 44°50′28″N 1°08′41″E / 44.8411°N 1.1447°E / 44.8411; 1.1447Coordinates: 44°50′28″N 1°08′41″E / 44.8411°N 1.1447°E / 44.8411; 1.1447
CountryFrance
RegionNouvelle-Aquitaine
DepartmentDordogne
ArrondissementSarlat-la-Canéda
CantonSarlat-la-Canéda
IntercommunalityPérigord Noir
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Alain Passerieux
Area
1
12.74 km2 (4.92 sq mi)
Population
(2008)2
514
 • Density40/km2 (100/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
24040 /24220
Elevation53–288 m (174–945 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.

Beynac-et-Cazenac is a village located in the Dordogne department in southwestern France.

The medieval Château de Beynac is located in the commune.

The village is classified as one of Les plus beaux villages de France (most beautiful villages of France).[1]

Geography[edit]

The commune lies on the banks of the Dordogne River 10 km (6.2 mi) southwest of Sarlat-la-Canéda.

The Dordogne River at Beynac

History[edit]

Historically the first mention of Beynac dates to 1115 when Maynard de Beynac made a gift to the sisters at Fontevrault Abbey. Simon de Montfort seized the château at the end of the 12th century, but the people of Beynac recovered their château thanks to the intervention of Philippe Auguste in 1217. The château stayed in possession of the family de Beynac until 1753 when the de Beynac family became extinct in male line with Pierre last marquis of Beynac[2] who married in 1727 Anne-Marie Boucher and had two daughters : Julie de Beynac married to the marquis de Castelnau and Claude-Marie de Beynac married in 1761 to Christophe Marie de Beaumont du Repaire[3]. The family de Beaumont du Repaire added "Beynac" to its name and took the courtesy title of "marquis de Beaumont-Beynac"[4] One of the descendants sold the château in 1961.

In 1827, the communes of Beynac and Cazenac were merged under the current name.

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1962355—    
1968410+15.5%
1975411+0.2%
1982460+11.9%
1990498+8.3%
1999506+1.6%
2008514+1.6%

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