January 1st 2017, Sainte Alvère became a commune delegated
within the new commune of Val de Louyre and Caudeau.
is known to have existed since the late Middle Ages; it is
named after the martyr Alvéréna who was most probably killed
by the Normans in the 9th century. The village became an
important ‘Seigneury’ thanks to the Lostanges family and in
the 15th century was dominated by a huge fortress; this was
destroyed during the Revolution and today all that remains of
the castle are three towers, the postern gate, the battlements
and a dovecote. The village was then rather forgotten until
the 20th century when its inhabitants distinguished themselves
during World War II.
Sainte Alvère is, these days, famous for its large, winter
Chief town of the canton of the same name, Sainte Alvère is
situated at the crossroads of the D2 departmental road (north/south)
and the D32 departmental road (east/west), north of the
Dordogne River. The village which nestles in a valley along
the Louyre River is surrounded by woodland - predominantly
chestnut trees - interspersed with fields and farms.
The commune counts a surface area of 3242 hectares and a
(official population on January 1, 2017).
Text translated by Pays du Grand Bergeracois (professional translator).