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Sainte-Foy-la-Grande is a town and commune in south-west France in the Gironde Département in the Region of Aquitaine. It is located on the banks of the Dordogne River.

The town was founded as a bastide by Alphonse de Poitiers, brother of Saint Louis,in 1255. Its strategic position on the Dordogne made it a desirable stronghold. It fell to the English in the fifteenth century during the Hundred Years War. In the sixteenth century it had become a bastion of protestantism.

It boasts a substantial number of attractive old buildings, some of which date from the Medieval period. Unfortunately many of these have a fallen into disrepair. There is also evidence of recent economic decline with a large number of shops and businesses in the town lying empty. In the post war period the population has also been on a fairly steady decline with 3411 recorded in 1946 and 2327 in 2012.

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