From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Skyline of Saint-Amand-de-Coly
Coat of arms of Saint-Amand-de-Coly
Coat of arms
Location of Saint-Amand-de-Coly
Saint-Amand-de-Coly is located in France
Saint-Amand-de-Coly is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Coordinates: 45°03′52″N 1°14′53″E / 45.0644°N 1.2481°E / 45.0644; 1.2481Coordinates: 45°03′52″N 1°14′53″E / 45.0644°N 1.2481°E / 45.0644; 1.2481
CantonVallée de l'Homme
26.40 km2 (10.19 sq mi)
 • Density15/km2 (40/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal code
Elevation114–284 m (374–932 ft)
(avg. 165 m or 541 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Saint-Amand-de-Coly (Limousin: Sench Amand de Còli) is a former commune in the Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France. On 1 January 2019, it was merged into the new commune Coly-Saint-Amand.[2]

The village is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The most beautiful villages of France") association.[3]


In the heart of the Dordogne, the town of Saint-Amand-de-Coly is crossed from south to north-east by Chironde, a thin tributary of Coly and sub-tributary of the Vézère.

The village is located eight kilometers east of Montignac, both southwest of Terrasson-Lavilledieu and 19 kilometers north of Sarlat-la-Caneda, away from main roads.

In the Middle Ages, Saint-Amand-de-Coly guarded the source of the Coly, until it fell.[4]

The town is served by 64 county roads (southeast) and 704 (formerly 704 national road in the southwest).


The town has several places traces of prehistoric human occupation, inn addition to Gallo-Roman.[5]

Although the Augustinian abbey was built in the twelfth century, the first known written mention of the place dates back to the fourteenth century in the Latin form Amandus prope Montinhacum Sanctus ("Saint Amand near Montignac").[5]

The town, during the revolutionary period of the National Convention (1792-1795), was named Amand-le-Vallon.[6]


The name of the town refers to St. Amand, hermit came to evangelize the region[5] in the sixth century including near the village of Coly, where the abbots had a castle verified in 1406 (Castrum de Coly).[7]

In Occitan, the town is named Sench Amand de Còli.[8]

Administrative Structure[edit]

The city of Saint-Amand-de-Coly, as early as 1790, was part of the canton of Cassagne which was part of District Montignac until 1795, the date districts were dissolved. When this district was dissolved by the law of 8 pluviôse year IX (28 January 1801) on "reducing the number of justices of the peace," the district was made part of the township of Montignac, which was part of the district of Sarlat (now the district of Sarlat-la-Caneda since 1965).[6]

At the end of 2001, all of the communes of the Vézère Valley were made part of Saint-Amand-de-Coly. It was dissolved on 31 December 2013 and replaced on 1 January 2014 by the community of cities of the Valley of Man.


Historical population

Sites and monuments[edit]

People linked to the town[edit]

  • Roger Bambuck, athlete and former Minister of Sports, has had a house there since 1973.[12]

Local Life[edit]

The village festival is held every year on August 15, with Mass of Saint-Hubert sounded by hunting horns, with meals of Périgord specialties, dancing, entertainment and more.

In July and August there is a farmer's market in the tobacco barn. Every Tuesday from 17:30, producers offer their products (meat, canned fruits and vegetables, wines, cheeses, cakes, and more).

In August, the abbey hosts several classical music concerts and master classes early music, as part of the Festival de Périgord Noir.[13]

See also[edit]


  • Tanet, Chantal; Hordé, Tristan (2003). Dictionnaire des noms de lieux du Périgord [Dictionary of Place Names of Périgord] (in French). éditions Fanlac. ISBN 978-2865772155. Tanet.


  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Arrêté préfectoral 21 September 2018, p. 38 ‹See Tfd›(in French)
  3. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in French) Saint-Amand-de-Coly on the website des plus beaux villages de France (The most beautiful villages in France). Reviewed 14 August 2009
  4. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in French) Maxime Montrond, Dictionnaire des Abbayes et Monastières (Dictionary of Abbeys and Monasteries) p.33
  5. ^ a b c Tanet 2003, pp. 294–295.
  6. ^ a b "Notice Communal" [Communal notice]. (in French). ehess. External link in |website= (help)
  7. ^ Tanet 2003, p. 113.
  8. ^ "Le nom occitan des communes de Dordogne" [The name occitan in the communes of Dordogne] (in French). Conseil général de la Dordogne. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Monuments historiques - Château de la Grande Filolie" [Historical Monuments - Château de la Grande Filolie] (in French). Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  10. ^ Hourlier, Thierry (1997). Les églises fortifiées de Dordogne [Fortified Churches of Dordogne] (in French). Patrimoines & médias. ISBN 978-2910137205.
  11. ^ "Monuments historiques Ancienne abbaye". Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  12. ^ Thierry Dumas '"This is the country I chose Sud-Ouest Dordogne edition of July 30, 2013, p 12
  13. ^ "Festival de Périgord Noir" [Black Festival Périgord] (in French). Association Musique et Histoire en Montignacois. 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014.