The Romanesque bridge in Solignac, with the abbey and surrounding buildings beyond
|Intercommunality||CA Limoges Métropole|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Yvette Aubisse|
|16.54 km2 (6.39 sq mi)|
|• Density||90/km2 (230/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||12–392 m (39–1,286 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.|
The village lies on the right bank of the Briance, which flows westward through the commune. It contains the former Abbey of Solignac, part of the Benedictines order; founded in 631 and rebuilt several times, the current buildings date from the 17th century. Suppressed during the French Revolution and used as a porcelain factory until 1931, the former Abbey church is known as an exceptional example of Romanesque architecture and has been designated a National Historic Monument.
Inhabitants are known as Solignacois.
- Joseph Brousseau, French architect probably born at Solignac around 1733 and died at Sées in the Orne on 5 February 1797.
- Georges d'Aubusson de La Feuillade (1609-1697), later Bishop of Embrun and Bishop of Metz was a member and later Abbot of Solignac Abbey, from 1639 to 1649;
- De la Bouton, J. "Solignac, Abbey of". Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
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