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Sarlat old city
Sarlat old city
Coat of arms of Sarlat-la-Canéda
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Dordogne
Arrondissement Sarlat-la-Canéda
Canton Sarlat-la-Canéda
Intercommunality Sarlat-Périgord noir
47.13 km2 (18.20 sq mi)
 • Density 199.75/km2 (517.34/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Sarladais
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
24520 /24200
Elevation 102–319 m (335–1,047 ft)
(avg. 211 m or 692 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Sarlat-la-Canéda (Occitan: Sarlat e La Canedat), or simply Sarlat, is a town and commune in southwestern France, in the region of Aquitaine. It is a sub-prefecture of the Dordogne department.


The city developed around a Carolingian Benedictine abbey in the 13th century. The abbey already existed in the 9th century]. it was part of the six great abbeys of the old province of Périgord. The others were Paunat, Belvès, Saint Front de Périgueux, Brantôme and Terrasson. The Carolingian abbey was the only one to be spared by the Vikings because it does not lie on the Dordogne river or its tributaries. In 1317, Sarlat became the seat of a bishop.

The city was badly damaged in the Hundred Years' War. After several conflicts it was rebuilt in Renaissance style between 1450 and 1500. In the middle of the 17th century, the city lost political influence and became poorer.

On 1 March 1965, the communes of Sarlat and of La Canéda were combined in one commune with the name of Sarlat-la-Canéda.


The commune of Sarlat-la-Canéda has an area of 47.13 km2 (18.20 sq mi) and its average altitude is 211 m (692 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 129 m (423 ft).

Sarlat-la-Canéda and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Sarlat-la-Canéda

Sarlat-la-Canéda is surrounded by the communes Tamniès, Marquay. Marcillac-Saint-Quentin, Proissans, Sainte-Nathalène, Saint-Vincent-le-Paluel, Carsac-Aillac, Vitrac, Vézac and Saint-André-d'Allas.


With a population of 9,414, Sarlat-la-Canéda has a population density of 200 inhabitants/km2.

The inhabitants of Sarlat-la-Canéda are known, in French, as Sarladais (women: Sarladaises).


Sarlat-la-Canéda is a sous-préfecture in the Dordogne department since 1790. It is part, together with other 12 communes, of the canton of Sarlat-la-Canéda.

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