Sainte -Foy- la -Grande is a commune with 2400 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2011 ) on the Dordogne in the Gironde department in the region of Aquitaine. The city lies about 50 km east of Bordeaux. It is the largest municipality of the canton of the same name, which includes 14 municipalities.

Sainte -Foy- la- Grande is located on the railway line Bordeaux - Bergerac.


Sainte -Foy- la -Grande was considered a typical grid pattern Bastide on 16 July 1255 from Alfonso of Poitiers ( 1220-1271 ), founded Count of Toulouse and brother of the French king Louis IX. , The Holy. Sainte -Foy- la -Grande in 1541 came to Protestantism and long remained an intellectual center of Calvinism.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Louis Pierre Gratiolet (1815-1865), physician and zoologist
  • Paul Broca (1824-1880), anthropologist and physician
  • Élisée Reclus (1830-1905), geographer and anarchist
  • Élie Faure (1873-1937), art historian and essayist


  • Rotenburg, Lower Saxony, Germany ( since 1973)
  • Berthierville, Quebec, Canada ( since 1983)