Coordinates: 45°40′56″N 0°25′15″E / 45.6822°N 0.4208°E / 45.6822; 0.4208Coordinates: 45°40′56″N 0°25′15″E / 45.6822°N 0.4208°E / 45.6822; 0.4208

Country France
Region Poitou-Charentes
Department Charente
Arrondissement Angoulême
Canton La Rochefoucauld
Intercommunality Val de Tardoire
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Vivian Varneau
 • Land1 9.36 km2 (3.61 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 335
 • Population2 density 36/km2 (93/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 16406 / 16220
Elevation 87–137 m (285–449 ft)
(avg. 90 m or 300 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.

Vilhonneur is a commune in the Charente department in southwestern France.


Vilhonneur was located on the Angoulême-Limoges Roman road, which was also known as the "English Road" (chemin des Anglais) .

The Rochebertier tower is mentioned in a confession to Philip the Bold in 1276. A medieval castle, of which exist only traces of the foundations, is located on a hillock. The present castle was built by the Chambes (aka Jambes) family in the late sixteenth century.



The town has two prehistoric caves of an exceptional nature.

The Placard cave, at Rochebertier, was discovered in 1853 and has been dated to the Magdalenian and Solutrean periods. New paintings were discovered in 1990, identical to those in the Pech Merle cave at Lot.

The "Face" cave (grotte du Visage) was discovered in November 2005 during a caving expedition. It contains engravings as well as human and animal bones dating from the Upper Paleolithic period (around 25 000 years BCE).

At the site of the old Roman ford there is still the 50 cm-wide stone bridge, which was characteristic of the Tardoire and Bandiat valleys.

See also


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