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Antignac, Cantal

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Country  France
Department  Cantal
Intercommunality  Sumène Artense
Area  16.02 km²
Arrondissement  Mauriac, Cantal
Region  Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Canton  Saignes
Population (2009)  279
Local time  Sunday 3:56 PM
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Antignac (Antinhac in Occitan) is a French commune in the Cantal department in the Auvergne region of south-central France.


Map of 15240 Antignac, France

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Antignacois or Antignacoises


Antignac lies in the valley of the Sumène some 80 km south-west of Clermont-Ferrand and 10 km north-west of Riom-ès-Montagnes in the Canton of Saignes. Access to the commune is by road D3 from Riom-ès-Montagnes in the south-east continuing west to join the D922.

Antignac is the main village in the commune which includes 25 other hamlets and localities:

The river Rhue forms all of the commune's northern border.


List of Successive Mayors

(Not all data is known)


In 2009 the commune had 279 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.

Population Change (See database)

Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

Civil heritage

The commune has many buildings and structures that are registered as historical monuments:

  • Farmhouses (18th-19th century) The Farmhouse at La Broconie contains Furniture which is registered as historical objects.
  • Houses (16th-20th century)
  • Houses and Farms (16th-20th century)
  • A Farmhouse and Mill at le Soulou (19th century)
  • The Grange du Pré de L'Oiseau Stables (19th century)
  • The Wolf Trapping Pits at Urlande bas (19th century)
  • The former School (1882) The School contains several religious items that are registered as historical objects.
  • The Salsignac Railway Viaduct (20th century) on the stretch from Bort-les-Organs to Riom-ès-Montagnes on the Paris-Béziers railway line was commissioned on 2 December 1907 and closed in 1991. The viaduct is 190m long with 14 arches and is 24m high.
  • The Barn-Stables at Le Beix (1878)
  • The Town Hall contains a War Memorial (1924) that is registered as an historical object.

    Other sites of interest
  • The Chateau of Longuevergne
  • Religious heritage

    The commune has several religious buildings and structures that are registered as historical monuments:

  • The Church of Saint-Étienne and Saint-Ferréol de Salsignac (12th century). Also called the Chapel Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Secours de Salsignac, this small Romanesque church was built in the 12th century and rebuilt in the Gothic style between 1469 and 1496. The bell located in a tiny bell tower dates from 1657. The Church contains many items that are registered as historical objects:
  • The Furniture in the Church
  • A Processional Banner (20th century)
  • A Statue: Saint Louis (19th century)
  • A Statue: Saint Ferréol of Vienne (19th century)
  • A Statue: Virgin and child (19th century)
  • A Stoup (16th century)
  • A Tabernacle (17th century)
  • A Monumental Painting (19th century)
  • The Parish church of Saint-Victor and Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens (12th century). The apse and the choir are the only parts dating from the 12th century, the nave and the chapels were rebuilt or upgraded in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Church contains many items that are registered as historical objects:
  • The Furniture in the Chapel
  • A Chalice (18th century)
  • An Alb (20th century)
  • 2 Processional Banners (20th century)
  • The Saint-Pierre Bell (1472)
  • A Stoup (1753)
  • 2 Statues: Saints Peter and Paul (18th century)
  • 2 Statues: Adoring Angels (18th century)
  • Retables and Altar Paintings (18th century)
  • 2 Altar Paintings (19th century)
  • A Painting: Saint Peter delivered by an Angel (18th century)
  • A Monumental Painting (18th century)
  • A Statue: Saint Paul (17th century)
  • A Statue: Saint Peter (17th century)
  • The Chapel of Notre-Dame du Roc-Vignonnet (ruins) (12th century). Begun in the early 12th century and completed in the 13th and 14th centuries, the chapel was finally abandoned in the 19th century. The Chapel contains some items that are registered as historical objects:
  • 14 Capitals and 13 Bases (11th century)
  • 33 Corbels (11th century)
  • Monumental Crosses (19th-20th century)
  • The Presbytery contains a Wardrobe (1807) that is registered as an historical object.
  • Environmental heritage

    Two sites are registered as historical monuments:

  • The Clairière médiévale des Roussilloux Park (Middle Ages)
  • The Jardin Ethnobotanique Botanic Garden (20th century)
  • Notable people linked to the commune

  • Jean Dutourd (born 14 January 1920 in Paris, where he died 17 January 2011), journalist and writer of the French Academy, author of the novel Au Bon Beurre, grandson of the House of Laurichesse at the Auberge de la Sumène d'Antignac. Became famous for his participation in the radio program Les grosses têtes (The big heads) presented by Philippe Bouvard.
  • Jacques Jouve, born 10 March 1932 at Antignac. Communist MP for Haute-Vienne from 19 March 1978 to 22 May 1981.
  • François-Paul Raynal (1902-1964), journalist at L'Auvergnat de Paris and writer, remained very attached to his roots and family home at Salsignac which he mentions in several of his novels and stories (Au fil de la Sumène, Les Artisans du village, Marie des Solitudes, etc.).
  • François Aubert, mason, who decorated his house in a naive style (close to the ideal palace of Ferdinand Cheval) and created a mineralogical museum.
  • References

    Antignac, Cantal Wikipedia

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