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Post office and town hall
Post office and town hall
Sainte-Orse is located in France
Coordinates: 45°12′16″N 1°04′35″E / 45.2044°N 1.0764°E / 45.2044; 1.0764Coordinates: 45°12′16″N 1°04′35″E / 45.2044°N 1.0764°E / 45.2044; 1.0764
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Dordogne
Arrondissement Sarlat-la-Canéda
Canton Haut-Périgord Noir
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Camille Géraud
Area1 23.54 km2 (9.09 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 375
 • Density 16/km2 (41/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 24473 /24210
Elevation 163–292 m (535–958 ft)
(avg. 231 m or 758 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.

Sainte-Orse is a commune in the Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France. The church of Saint Ursus (Saint Ours) dates from the 11th-12th century. The castle dates from the 15th-16th century.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 445 —    
1968 486 +9.2%
1975 460 −5.3%
1982 404 −12.2%
1990 372 −7.9%
1999 358 −3.8%
2008 375 +4.7%

Village History[edit]

The first written reference of the town is the village church, "Sancta Ursa" recorded in the year 1072.[1] The "Cassini map" of France between 1756 and 1789, shows the village under the name of "'Saint Orse"', and during the revolutionary period of the National Convention (1792-1795), the name was "'Orse-le-stony".[2]

Land Marks[edit]

A number of Historic buildings are located in the town:

  • Church of Saint-Ours, 11th or 12th century Romanesque Church with a 19th-century bell tower. It is listed as a historical monument since 1970.[3]
  • Several Merovingian sarcophagi.[4]
  • The Church also preserves a relic of Pope John Paul II (a piece of the belt of the former Pontiff).
  • Château de Sainte-Orse, 15th and 16th centuries.[5]
  • La Salle gentilhommiere, 18th century, today a school.
  • 18th century Manor of La Faye.
  • Château de Laudonie Den of Peyre-brune.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Chantal Tanet and Tristan Hordé, "Dictionary of the place names of the Périgord", (Fanlac, 2000), p.381.
  2. ^ Notice Comunale.
  3. ^ Monuments historiques] entry at French Ministry of Culture.
  4. ^ Monuments historiques ministère français de la Culture.
  5. ^ Guy Penaud, Dictionnaire des châteaux du Périgord (Sud Ouest, 1996) p. 255.

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