Visit Saint Amand de Coly
Saint Amand de Coly nestles on the edge of a hill in the lovley Dordogne countryside. At the heart of the visit is its fortified church which is reputed to be the most beautiful fortified church in the Perigord. The village is named after Saint Amand who was a hermit living in a cave in the hillside in the 6th century.
The abbey church dates back to the 12th century and next to the church are the abbey remains. In the 14th century the church was converted into a fortress but despite its additional defences it remains a beautiful Romanesque church with simple lines and a simple interior. Its defences include very thick walls, holes for archers and several blind staircases built to misleed attackers into running into stairs which lead to a dead end.
The church is used for concerts in the summer .
Exploring Saint Amand de Coly
As you arrive in the village the huge bell-tower and door are the first thing you will notice. They really are immence and dominate the church.
The church and abbey remains are in the centre of the village. If you head to the right you will find the tourist office of the village and also a large tobacco barn which has been beautifully renovated and now sells regional products.
In the other direction is the old hospital which was built in the 14th century though not much remains of this time, the current building is 18th century. There is also the communal bread oven and a very solid looking square pigeonnier.
Opposite the church is the mairie and also a bar restaurant. A pleasant place to stop for a drink and admire the view of the church in front of you.
Most of the buildings in the village are built in the lovely local yellow stone and have either grey slate tiles or grey lauze (stone) roofs. It really is charming and worth a wander. If you are more energetic there is a walk that runs along the edege of the church and on into the surrounding countryside.
Saint Amand de Coly is one of the "most beautiful villages of France".
Place to visit near Saint Amand de Coly.
A little way out of the village on the south west is the very impressive Chateau de la Filolie. It is private but if you drive on the GR461 then you get excellent views of the castle.
Saint Amand de Coly is about 20km from Sarlat.
Map of Saint Amand de Coly with places to visit
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This page in French: Saint Amand de Coly (version Francais)