Montignac, Dordogne

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Chateau of Coulonges
Chateau of Coulonges
Coat of arms of Montignac
Coat of arms
Montignac is located in France
Coordinates: 45°04′03″N 1°09′44″E / 45.0675°N 1.1622°E / 45.0675; 1.1622Coordinates: 45°04′03″N 1°09′44″E / 45.0675°N 1.1622°E / 45.0675; 1.1622
Country France
Region Aquitaine
Department Dordogne
Arrondissement Sarlat-la-Canéda
Canton Montignac
Intercommunality Vallée de la Vézère
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Laurent Mathieu
Area1 37.15 km2 (14.34 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 2,852
 • Density 77/km2 (200/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 24291 / 24290
Elevation 73–273 m (240–896 ft)
(avg. 77 m or 253 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.

Montignac (Occitan: Montinhac) is a commune in the Dordogne department in Aquitaine in southwestern France. It is situated on the Vézère river.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 2,809 —    
1968 2,949 +5.0%
1975 3,081 +4.5%
1982 3,135 +1.8%
1990 2,938 −6.3%
1999 3,030 +3.1%
2008 2,852 −5.9%


It has a beautiful old bridge, from which fireworks are launched on holidays such as Bastille Day and during the summer festival of world folklore and dance.

Its main attraction is the Lascaux Cave, actually a complex of caves containing Upper Paleolithic painted art discovered in 1940 and estimated to be 17,300 years old. In 1979, Lascaux was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list along with other prehistoric sites in the Vézère valley.[1]

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  1. ^ "Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley". UNESCO World Heritage Center. Retrieved 30 December 2012.