Visit Saint-Amand-de-Coly (Aquitaine, France)
Saint-Amand-de-Coly is one of the most beautiful villages in France and is situated to the north of Sarlat in the eastern part of the Dordogne department of south-west France.
It is in a lovely wooded setting between Sarlat and Lascaux (10 minutes drive), with Montignac a little way to the west.
Exploring Saint Amand de Coly
Saint-Amand-de-Coly is a lovely traditional Dordogne village, with the houses being fine examples of the local Perigord architecture, with their tiled roofs and yellow stone walls. Some of the buildings still have lauze (stone) roofs which are the traditional roofs of the area but very few remain.
The village is dominated by its large church. The church was constructed in the 12th century on the site of an earlier abbey chapel. It has been largely renovated and reconstructed during the 19th-20th centuries, and is an unusual combination of gothic and roman style churches. It was fortified in the 14th century and its huge entrance/bell-tower has a strong room above it. The church is next to the abbey which is now in ruins but is a pleasant evocative spot in the middle of the village.
All the buildings in the village are very attractive with their golden walls, wooden shutters and steeply sloping roofs but the old hospital seen through its stone arched gateway is a particularly attractive building. The hospital was originally built in the 14th century but most of the current building is 18th century.
Also to see in Saint-Amand-de-Coly are the lavoir, once the communal clothes washing area for the village, the village well and the communal bread oven. On the edge of the village is an old tobacco barn which has been renovated and is now a shop selling regional products.
Places to visit near Saint Amand de Coly
Close to St Amand-de-Coly see also the attractive Château de la Grande Filolie, a castle dating from the 15th century and in an attractive park and woodland setting.
Saint-Amand-de-Coly is also near the lovely village of La Cassagne with a roman-style church, a 15th century presbytery, and the source of the River Coly. There is also a 13th century 'grange aux dimes' which is a barn used to collect the agricultural products which were the taxes imposed on the village in medieval times.
Photos of Saint-Amand-de-Coly
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Tourist classifications for Saint-Amand-de-Coly
Saint-Amand-de-Coly is classified as a one of the most beautiful village in France (plus beau villages)
Address: Saint-Amand-de-Coly, Montignac, Sarlat-la-Canéda, Dordogne, Aquitaine, 24290 || GPS: latitude 45.0644, longitude 1.24806
Map of Saint-Amand-de-Coly & places nearby
Highlights close by
Lascaux caves 6km
See lots more places to visit nearby and a more detailed map at places near Saint-Amand-de-Coly.
See Aquitaine and Dordogne (the region and department for Saint-Amand-de-Coly) for more travel ideas...
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Saint-Amand-de-Coly, France
- Abbaye de Saint Amand de Coly (Saint-Amand-de-Coly) - religious monument
- Vezere Valley - heritage site (6km)
- Jardins de l'Imaginaire - remarkable garden (8km)
- Jardins du château de Losse - remarkable garden (10km)
- Jardins du Manoir d'Eyrignac - remarkable garden (12km)
- Eglise de Saint Léonce (Saint-Leon-sur-Vezere) - religious monument (14km)
- Saint-Leon-sur-Vezere - most beautiful village (14km)
- Sarlat - town of art and history (20km)
- Cathédrale Saint-Sardos (Sarlat) - religious monument (20km)
- Gouffre de la Fage - site of natural beauty (22km)
The French version of this page is at Saint-Amand-de-Coly (Francais)