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Saint-Amand-de-Coly

Saint-Amand-de-Coly is a commune in the Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France.The village is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The most beautiful villages of France") association.GeographyIn the heart of the Dordogne, the town of Saint-Amand-de-Coly is crossed from south to north-east by Chironde, a thin tributary of Coly and sub-tributary of the Vézère.The village is located eight kilometers east of Montignac, both southwest of Terrasson-Lavilledieu and 19 kilometers north of Sarlat-la-Caneda, away from main roads.In the Middle Ages, Saint-Amand-de-Coly guarded the source of the Coly, until it fell.The town is served by 64 county roads (southeast) and 704 (formerly 704 national road in the southwest).HistoryThe town has several places traces of prehistoric human occupation, inn addition to Gallo-Roman.Although the Augustinian abbey was built in the twelfth century, the first known written mention of the place dates back to the fourteenth century in the Latin form Amandus prope Montinhacum Sanctus ("Saint Amand near Montignac").The town, during the revolutionary period of the National Convention (1792-1795), was named Amand-le-Vallon.ToponymyThe name of the town refers to St. Amand, hermit came to evangelize the region in the sixth century including near the village of Coly, where the abbots had a castle verified in 1406 (Castrum de Coly).In Occitan, the town is named Sench Amand de Còli.
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