|Community association||Le Grand Périgueux|
|surface||26.23 km 2|
|Residents||651 (January 1, 2017)|
|Population density||25 inhabitants / km 2|
Lacropte - the village with the Saint-Agnan church
Lacropte ( Occitan La Cròpta ) is a southwestern French city and a municipality (commune) with 651 inhabitants (as of January 1 2017) in the northwest of the department Dordogne in the region Nouvelle-Aquitaine (before 2016: Aquitaine ). It consists of the main town and several hamlets (hameaux) and individual farms (fermes) .
Location and climate
The place Lacropte is located in the cultural landscape of the Périgord about 23 km (driving distance) southeast of Périgueux or a good 42 km northeast of Bergerac at an altitude of about . The climate is temperate; Rain (approx. 880 mm / year) falls over the year.
The continuous decline in population in the late 19th and 20th centuries is essentially due to the phylloxera crisis in viticulture and the mechanization of agriculture ; Added to this is the ongoing abandonment of small farms.
The community is still largely agricultural and forestry ( chestnut ); Viticulture, which was quite important in earlier times, only plays a subordinate role. Small traders, craftsmen and service providers have settled in the village. Today the place is one of the largest growing areas for strawberries (fraises) in France. Since the 1960s, some of the vacant houses have been rented out as holiday apartments ( gîtes ) .
The name Lacropte refers to a no longer preserved crypt . A certain Hélie de La Cropte donated land to Cluny Abbey and Chancelade Abbey in 1144 and 1168, respectively ; his son took part in the 3rd crusade . For a long time, the La Cropte family determined the fortunes of the place, which is first mentioned in a church register (pouillé) from the 13th century under the name La Cropta .
The Église Saint-Agnan , built of quarry stone in the second half of the 19th century , is dedicated to St. Dedicated to Anianus of Orléans . The three-aisled church has a west tower, under which the portal is located, and a semicircular apse .