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  • 1 Place du Coderc

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place du Coderc F - 24000 Périgueux

    Pigs were penned in this square until it became the administrative centre of Puy-Saint-Front. The former consulate (seat of the tribunal) was replaced by the covered market in 1830.

  • 2 Place St Louis

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place St-Louis F - 24000 Périgueux

    The "place du marché au gras" (where markets selling fattened duck products are held) features a modern fountain with a bronze sculpture, La Source, by Ramon. To the right, on the corner, is the Maison Tenant, also known as the Maison du Pâ..

  • 3 Rue de la Constitution

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue de la Constitution F - 24000 Périgueux

    The door of Hôtel de Crémoux (no3) is decorated with an arch of cabbage leaves surrounded by high pinnacles. Hôtel de Gamanson at no7 consists of two main buildings at right angles. A cupola crowns a well.

  • 4 Rue du Plantier

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue du Plantier F - 24000 Périgueux

    The Hôtel des Monnaies (no24) beyond the crossroads with rue Barbacane has a crocketed gable.

  • 5 Port-de-Graule and Ste-Marthe streets

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue du Port-de-Graule et Ste-Marthe F - 24000 Périgueux

    With their big, uneven paving stones, low doorways and openings onto stepped alleyways, these streets take you right back to the Middle Ages.

  • 6 Quais de l'Isle (Boulevard Georges-Saumade)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    bd Georges-Saumade F - 24000 Périgueux

    Along the island, some lovely houses stand on Boulevard Georges-Saumade - Maison Lambert, or the «house with columns» (nobody knows why!) is a lovely Renaissance house. Maison Cayla, or «house of the Consuls» was built in the 15C on the ramparts. The..

  • 7 Arènes

    Archaeological and historical sites

    bd des Arènes F - 24000 Périgueux

    This elliptical amphitheatre was built in the 1st C and was one of the largest of its kind in Gaul. Enormous blocks of stone show the sheer mass of the vomitoria, staircases and vaults, but all the lower part remains buried in the ground. Made into a..

  • 8 Porte Normande

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue de Turenne F - 24000 Périgueux

    This gateway is one of a few remaining traces of the elliptical surrounding wall built in the 3C, most of which was destroyed during the Wars of Religion. Its name comes from the role it is said to have played defending the town from the Vikings (&qu..

  • 9 Maison Romane

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue de Turenne F - 24000 Périgueux

    This 12C building stands next to the remains of a tower of the Gallo-Roman surrounding wall. An autel taurobolique (altarpiece depicting a bull sacrifice), now on display in the Musée du Périgord, was discovered there.

  • 10 Château Barrière

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue de Turenne F - 24000 Périgueux

    This building features a 12C keep on top of one of the rampart towers and has retained a beautiful main doorway and staircase tower from when it was remodelled in the Renaissance. It was burned down during the Wars of Religion and never rebuilt.

  • 11 Vésone tower

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Rue des Vieux-Cimetières F - 24000 Périgueux

    The 27m Tour de Vésone is the only remains of a temple dedicated to the tutelary goddess Vesunna. Built in the centre of the Cité forum in the 2C, this temple was surrounded by porticoes and stood between two basilicas. The tower remains imposing des..

  • 12 Musée Militaire du Périgord

    Museums and art

    32 r. des Farges F - 24000 Périgueux

    Périgord's military past and great soldiers are remembered in this museum through a display of weapons, flags and uniforms.

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