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Saint-Avit-Senieur

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Ruins
Saint-Avit-Sénieur is a commune in the Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France.The most notable feature of the village is a massive church from the end of the 11th and 12th century. Next to the church, an abbey has been erected to honour the hermit Avitus, who died in 570. Avitus gave his name to the abbey and the village.The abbey used to house canons, disciples of Augustine of Hippo. It is now mostly in ruins.The size of the church (51 × 23 meters) can be explained by the fame of the village on the Way of St. James: one of the paths starting from Vézelay passes through this place.SituationThe village is located on a plateau near the Couze Valley. In the past, the place was called "Mount Dauriac".HistoryPrehistoryThe site of Combe-Capelle has been excavated near the Couze Valley, next to the border with the commune of Montferrand-du-Périgord. The place was occupied during the Upper Paleolithic period.Middle AgesThe legend of AvitusAccording to an hagiography, Avitus, a young aristocrat from Lanquais, was enlisted against his will in the Visigoth army (under Alaric II) against the Frank army of Clovis. The army of Clovis was trying to conquer the South-West of France at this time.
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