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saint amand de coly

24290 Saint-Amand-de-Coly, France

Walking back in the Middle Ages in Saint Amand de Coly

About twenty kilometers from Sarlat and a few minutes drive from Lascaux, Saint Amand de Coly comfortably sits between two wooded valleys. The village was named after Saint-Amand a hermit that moved to the area in the 6th century, living in a cave on a hillside.

At the heart of the visit is its fortified church which is reputed to be the most beautiful fortified church in the Périgord. Dating from the 12th century but transformed into a fortress in the 14th century it remains a beautiful Romanesque church with simple lines and a simple and almost austere, interior. Indeed, its defenses are very thick walls, holes for the archers and several ‘blind stairs’ built to confuse the attackers.

On the other end of the village is the old hospital originally built in the 14th century although there is not much of that time remaining, and, the current building, is from the 18th century. There is also a communal bread oven and an old lavatory.

The village is home to a summer music festival and concerts are often taking place in the abbey.