Ajat

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Ajat
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St. Martin's church in Ajat
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Location of Ajat
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Coordinates: 45°09′26″N1°01′01″E / 45.1572°N 1.0169°E / 45.1572; 1.0169 Coordinates: 45°09′26″N1°01′01″E / 45.1572°N 1.0169°E / 45.1572; 1.0169
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Dordogne
Arrondissement Sarlat-la-Canéda
Canton Haut-Périgord noir
Intercommunality Terrassonnais en Périgord Noir Thenon Hautefort
Government
  Mayor (20202026) Didier Clerjoux [1]
Area
1
21.95 km2 (8.47 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2018) [2]
307
  Density14/km2 (36/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
24004 /24210
Elevation148–284 m (486–932 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Ajat (Occitan : Abzac) is a commune in the Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France.

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History and geography

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Château d'Ajat
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Eglise Saint-Barthélemy de Beauzens

The village of Ajat, set on a hill rising agricultural fields and woodland, is built around the historically important church, the Eglise Saint Martin which dates from the 12th century. [3] François de Hautefort is buried there. [4] The castle dates to the fifteenth century (with part from the fourteenth) and was once connected to the church via a wooden bridge. A coat of arms of the Hautefort barony is visible.

In a document dating from 1158 (the Cartulaire Cadouin) the name 'Abzacum' is mentioned for the first time, describing a farm dating back to the Gallo-Roman era. A Roman road linking Vesunna (Périgueux) and Lugdunum (Lyon) ran by or close to the town. In the Middle Ages, the name became 'Abzac', one of the oldest family names in Périgord. The town was on a secondary route for pilgrims following the Way of St. James to Santiago de Compostela, and a house dating to 1527 was a relay point. In the thirteenth century Ajat's church was occupied by the Knights Templar, before the order was disbanded. By the 16th century Ajat was under the control of the Hautefort barony, based in a town to the east. [5]

The Ajat commune has limestone woodland classified in the French system as being of special scientific interest (SSSI). The town has a public swimming pool in the summer months, and there is an occasional restaurant in the grounds of the castle. A small shop has now closed. Surrounding hamlets include Beauzens and Les Fouilloux, the latter consisting of only six dwellings. The commune of Beauzens joined Ajat in the late 1700s. The Church of St. Bartholomew in Beauzens (Eglise Saint-Barthélemy de Beauzens) dates to 1000, making it one of the oldest in the region. It has a Romanesque facade.

Although the commune has seen little population increase, there is some new building and in recent years there has been some refurbishment of older properties for use as second homes and tourist stays. The nearest town with shopping and public facilities is Thenon.

Population

Historical population
YearPop.±%
2006301    
2007304+1.0%
2008306+0.7%
2009317+3.6%
2010328+3.5%
2011334+1.8%
2012341+2.1%
2013345+1.2%
2014350+1.4%
2015336−4.0%
2016327−2.7%

Residents are known as Ajacois. [6] Ajat is home to the French artist Jeylina Ever. [7]

See also

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  2. "Populations légales 2018". INSEE. 28 December 2020.
  3. http://www.culture.gouv.fr/public/mistral/merimee_fr?ACTION=CHERCHER&FIELD_1=REF&VALUE_1=PA00082315
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-28. Retrieved 2013-09-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. http://www.domainedesormeaux.com/pdf/Notice-sur-Ajat.pdf%5B%5D
  6. http://www.habitants.fr/habitants_ajat_24004.html
  7. http://vimeo.com/49676315