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Subject: Communes of the Dordogne department, Saint-Amand, Arrondissement of Sarlat-la-Canéda, Les Plus Beaux Villages de France
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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

Country France
Region Aquitaine
Department Dordogne
Arrondissement Sarlat-la-Canéda
Canton Montignac
Intercommunality Vallée de la Vézère
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Claude Vilatte
 • Land1 26.40 km2 (10.19 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 386
 • Population2 density 15/km2 (38/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 24364 / 24290
Elevation 114–284 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.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Saint-Amand-de-Coly is a commune in the Dordogne department in Aquitaine in southwestern France.

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


Saint-Amand-de-Coly is located 9 km east of Montignac.



Saint-Amand-de-Coly features a Romanesque fortified church. Despite its bristling military architecture, the 12th-century church combines great delicacy and spirituality, with purity of line and simple decoration most evocative in the low sun of late afternoon or early evening. Its defences include walls that are 4m thick, a ditch runs all the way around, and a passage once skirted the eaves, with numerous positions for archers. Blind stairways are designed to mislead attackers.

There is also an interesting atelier that makes classic French copper cookware.

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