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The name Saint Front appears in the very first centuries of our era. The chapel, which stands at the summit of a promontory over the Dordogne river, was dedicated to this Périgord apostle who triumphed over the dragon that so many people feared at that time. On the other hand, the name Couze was not known until much later.


It is thought that it means “water course” or “river”. It is known that, in Auvergne, some rivers that have their source in the Mont Dores are named Couze (the Couze of Chambon, of Pavin, of Arles...)

Obviously, our village draws its name from the river that crosses it from south to north. At exactly this place, it is caught on a kind of a cliff, which, in the past, was dominated by a castle with grim memories. The RD 660 snakes its way along the bottom of the valley. It goes from Bergerac to Cahors and forms the backbone of our town. At the extreme north of the village, the Couze flows into the Dordogne river and its wide valley. Our village has an SNCF station on the Libourne-Sarlat line.
The village belongs to the canton of Lalinde, and today, has 759 inhabitants (official population on January 1, 2017).


Text translated by Pays du Grand Bergeracois (professional translator).