Carennac

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Carennac
A general view of Carennac
A general view of Carennac
Coat of arms of Carennac
Coat of arms
Location of Carennac
Carennac is located in France
Carennac
Carennac
Carennac is located in Occitanie
Carennac
Carennac
Coordinates: 44°55′10″N 1°43′59″E / 44.9194°N 1.7331°E / 44.9194; 1.7331Coordinates: 44°55′10″N 1°43′59″E / 44.9194°N 1.7331°E / 44.9194; 1.7331
CountryFrance
RegionOccitanie
DepartmentLot
ArrondissementGourdon
CantonMartel
IntercommunalityPays du Haut-Quercy Dordogne
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Georges Laboudie
Area
1
19.00 km2 (7.34 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
424
 • Density22/km2 (58/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
46058 /46110
Elevation110–340 m (360–1,120 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Carennac is a commune in the Lot department in south-western France.

Carennac belongs to the historical region of Quercy.

A village lies in the fertile valley of the Dordogne River, nestled under the barren, parched plateau locally named 'le Causse', its most remarkable landmarks are a medieval priory, combining an 11th-century church and cloister, and a 16th-century castle, in which famous author of The Adventures of Telemachus, François Fénelon, lived from 1681 to 1685. The church features a remarkable tympanum, and the cloister a 15th-century "mise au tombeau".

Activities[edit]

Carennac is one of the most beautiful villages of France (along with 148 others, including neighbouring Loubressac, Autoire, Curemonte and Turenne); the summer months are notably warm and dry, temperatures averaging 30°.

Surroundings and access[edit]

A few kilometres from the village lie the famous Gouffre de Padirac (caves) and Rocamadour (pilgrimage) sites. Other notable landmarks are the Château de Castelnau-Bretenoux, the Castle of Montal and the prehistoric caves of Lacave and Presque. Further on, Sarlat-la-Canéda, Brive-la-Gaillarde, Cahors and Aurillac are regional hubs; the A20 motorway (linking Paris to Toulouse and Spain) lies 30 km (19 mi) away from Carennac. The closest railway station is 4 km (2.5 mi) away, in Bétaille.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • In writing: At Home in France by Ann Barry.
  • On film: French TV drama La Rivière Espérance (1997), shot in Carennac and depicting the changes brought about by the introduction of railroad in the 19th century.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.