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The church seen from behind the Royal Notary hotel
The church seen from behind the Royal Notary hotel
Coat of arms of Gentioux-Pigerolles
Coat of arms
Gentioux-Pigerolles is located in France
Coordinates: 45°47′07″N 1°59′42″E / 45.7853°N 1.995°E / 45.7853; 1.995Coordinates: 45°47′07″N 1°59′42″E / 45.7853°N 1.995°E / 45.7853; 1.995
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Creuse
Arrondissement Aubusson
Canton Felletin
Intercommunality Plateau de Gentioux
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Pierre Simons
Area1 79.29 km2 (30.61 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 380
 • Density 4.8/km2 (12/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 23090 /23340
Elevation 653–929 m (2,142–3,048 ft)
(avg. 800 m or 2,600 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.

Gentioux-Pigerolles (Occitan: Genciòus) is a commune in the Creuse department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in central France.


An area of lakes, forestry, quarries and farming, comprising three villages and several hamlets situated in the upper valleys of both the Maulde and Thaurion rivers, some 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Aubusson, at the junction of the D8, D992, D35 and the D16 roads. The commune is in the national park of the Millevaches (1000 lakes, not cows).


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 634 —    
1968 535 −15.6%
1975 419 −21.7%
1982 371 −11.5%
1990 367 −1.1%
1999 389 +6.0%
2008 380 −2.3%


The Roman bridge - Pont de Senoueix
  • The three 12th-century churches at Gentioux, Pallier and Pigerolles.
  • A dolmen.
  • A Roman bridge over the Thaurion at Senoueix.
  • War memorial: after World War I, some towns in France set up pacifist war memorials. Instead of commemorating the glorious dead, these memorials denounce war with figures of grieving widows and children rather than soldiers. Such memorials provoked anger among veterans and the military in general. The most famous one is located in Gentioux. Below the column which lists the name of the fallen, stands an orphan in bronze pointing to an inscription ‘Maudite soit la guerre’ (war be damned). Feelings ran so high that the memorial was not officially inaugurated until 1990 and soldiers at the nearby army camp were under orders to turn their heads when they walked past.
  • An 18th-century house at Pallier, once owned by the notary royal.
  • The chapel of Villemoneix, dating from the 18th century.


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