legend, a pilgrim vowed to found an abbey in the spot where
his staff, touching the ground took root. And hence PALNATUM
which became, over centuries, POANAT, PAUNAC and, finally,
• 991 : Consecration of the church by Bishop FROTAIRE of
• 1304 : Visit of Bertrand de Got, Archbishop of Bordeaux and
future Pope Clement V.
• 1986 : Inauguration of the new bells.
• 1956 : Accorded listed building status.
• 1991 : Millennium anniversary of the 12th century abbey
The village of
Paunat, nestled in the hollow of a valley, has - apart from the
abbey church - old houses, a presbytery, wash-house, spring and
a stream which runs under the Town Hall. Paunat is situated in
the canton of Sainte Alvère and can be reached by the D703 and C3
roads. Paunat boasts a second site of particular interest in the
SORS cliffs carved out of rock by the confluence of the Pradelue
and Dordogne rivers.
Paunat has a surface
area of 1800 hectares and a population of
311 (official population on January 1, 2017).
Text translated by Pays du Grand Bergeracois (professional translator).