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The Châteaux (visible only from private property)

The ruined Château de Montgueyral, owned by the Curson family dates from the 15th century.
It was named for the ‘noble earth’ and the family base. Two towers were destroyed during the Revolution. There is little left of the château even in the way of ruins.



Château de Luziers, a fine, early 18th century construction built on the foundations of a 14th century castle, stands on the right bank of the « Naussannais ». Up until the Revolution when Naussannes was attached to Beaumont, Luziers was part of the commune of Naussannes. Château de Luziers was the site of fierce fighting during the Wars of Religion, particularly when, in 1585, it was attacked by the Protestant army of Turenne and hit by 76 cannon balls. Then and on other occasions the castle was severely damaged but remained, nonetheless, habitable.

An illustrious military family, the d’Auerstedt, owned, via its youngest branch, several large farms at Naussannes including one, in the village, which was originally a fortified house. The oldest brother, Louis Davout d’Auerstedt, was made field-marshal and Prince of Eckmulh by Napoleon.

Geographical Situation
Naussannes, a green, leafy, country village near the bastide of Beaumont du Périgord, is easily accessible from Beaumont by the rugged Naussannais valley (along the D25), from Lalinde via Couze and Bayac through the Couze valley, and from Bergerac 23 km away, via Issigeac by the D21 and the D25.

Naussannes is on the east side of Bergerac, in the canton of Beaumont du Périgord, still in the « Périgord Pourpre » but close to the « Périgord Noir » and is transitional area between these two regions. The village, in the centre of the commune, straddles two different geographical zones : to the west a chalky plain favours springtime cereal crops and to the east forested hills and valleys lead to the nearby Bessède Forest with its cèpe mushrooms and large game.

Demography and Surface Area
The commune has a surface area of 1482 hectares and a population of 229 (official population on January 1, 2017).