|Community association||Le Grand Périgueux|
|surface||14.15 km 2|
|Residents||435 (January 1, 2017)|
|Population density||31 inhabitants / km 2|
Chalagnac - the village
Chalagnac ( Occitan Chalanhac ) is a commune with 435 inhabitants (at January 1, 2017) of the northwestern department Dordogne in the region Nouvelle-Aquitaine (before 2016 Aquitaine ). The municipality belongs to the arrondissement of Périgueux and the canton of Périgord Central (until 2015: canton of Vergt ). It consists of the main town and some hamlets (hameaux) and individual farmsteads (fermes) .
Location and climate
The place Chalagnac is located in the cultural landscape of the Périgord almost 13 km (driving distance) south of Périgueux at an altitude of about . The city of Bergerac is approximately 38 km southwest. The climate is moderate, rain (approx. 835 mm / year) falls over the year.
The continuous decline in population in the 20th century is mainly due to the mechanization of agriculture and the abandonment of small farms. The renewed increase in population since the 1980s is related to the relative proximity to the city of Périgueux.
The community is traditionally oriented towards agriculture and forestry; the residents lived on a self-sufficient basis for centuries . Today fish farming and the rental of holiday apartments ( gîtes ) also play important roles in economic life.
The first mention of the place under the name Chalapnacum comes from the 13th century.
- The Église Saint-Saturnin originally dates from the 12th century. In the 14th century a new and larger nave was added on the south side ; the church received a new portal, several tracery windows and a Gothic ribbed vault . The newer part is provided with joint paintings. The eye-catching tower appears to be a 19th century addition.
- The Château de Rossignol , located approx. 1 km east of the village, dates from the 15th century; in the years 1775 to 1778 it was rebuilt and enlarged. It now serves as a hotel.