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  • 1 St-Front quarter Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la Clautre F - 24000 Périgueux

    The old crafts- and tradespeople's district is a protected area and has undergone substantial restoration work. Its Renaissance façades, courtyards, staircases, historic houses and workshops have all been renovated and shops have reopened along the p..

  • 2 Vesunna, Gallo-Roman site / museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    20 r. du 26e-Régt-d'Infanterie F - 24000 Périgueux

    This museum was designed by architect Jean Nouvel on the site of an elaborate Gallo-Roman house (4,000m2). A model presents the layout of the city of Vesunna in the 2C with the house located near the church and double forum. The original house (1C) w..

  • 3 Château de Valençay Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    2 r. de Blois F - 36600 Valençay

    Built around 1540 in the Renaissance style and inspired by Chambord, Valençay is not to be outdone by the nearby châteaux of the Loire Valley. Note the first touches of the Classical style: superposed pilasters and domes instead of pepperpot roofs. T..

  • 4 Dordogne Valley in the southern Périgord Noir Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 24200 Sarlat-la-Canéda

    Leave Sarlat heading southwest towards Beynac-et-Cazenac. Beynac, listed as "one of the most beautiful villages in France", boasts a charming location with a castle perched on the cliff above the village. Further east, on the left bank of t..

  • 5 St Étienne Cathedral, Bourges Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. Étienne-Dolet F - 18000 Bourges

    A Gothic masterpiece begun in 1195 and consecrated in 1324; the immense west façade has five portals, the central one of which depicts the Last Judgement, leading into five interior naves. The stained-glass windows (12C-17C) are among France's finest..

  • 6 Old Sarlat Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 24200 Sarlat-la-Canéda

    Divided in two by the rue de la République, known as the "traverse", Sarlat consists of two distinct quarters, one of which was more aristocratic in nature than the other. This town so typical of the Périgord is renowned for its architectur..

  • 7 Pech-Merle caves Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    F - 46330 Cabrerets

    Discovered in the early 20C by two teenagers, Pech-Merle caves have been described as "an art gallery within a natural palace". The caves have been open to the public since 1926 and are a listed historic monument. Follow a 2km circuit to di..

  • 8 Gimel-les-Cascades Waterfalls Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Parc Vuillier F - 19800 Gimel-les-Cascades

    The Corrèze has its very own Niagara! The River Montane squeezes through a tight gorge, carving a rocky path before dropping from a height of 143m. The first waterfall, called Grande Cascade or Grand Saut, drops 45m and is closely followed by the sec..

  • 9 Suc-au-May Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Treignac

    From the orientation table at a height of 908m, the panoramic view encompasses the Limousin landscape and the Millevaches plateau. The Monédières massif rises in the foreground, a series of humps and gentle depressions. On a good day, the distinctive..

  • 10 Tours de Merle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 19220 St-Geniez-ô-Merle

    Standing proudly atop a rocky outcrop, this old frontier post between the duchy of Aquitaine and county of Auvergne stands out amidst abundant vegetation. In bygone days, the lords of La Xiantrie each had a château-refuge on this very rock, which cou..

  • 11 La Brenne Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 36300 Rosnay

    Surrounded by Berry, Touraine, Poitou and Limousin, this land of legends covers some 166 000ha, forming a mosaic of wild and mysterious landscapes that have inspired many a poet and artist. Characterised by the juxtaposition of lakes and forests, moo..

  • 12 Château de Bouges Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    15 r. du Château F - 36110 Bouges-le-Château

    In 1759, Count Charles Le Blanc de Marnaval, owner of the Clavières forges and director of the Châteauroux Royal fabric manufactory, acquired the Bouges estate and began building this Louis XV residence, subsequently owned by Talleyrand between 1818 ..

  • 13 Collegiate Church of St Pierre du Dorat Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    r. de la Psalette F - 87210 Le Dorat

    Le Dorat has one of the Limousin's most majestic and sober works of architecture. The collegiate church's facade has a lobed doorway showing mozarabic influence perhaps attributable to Compostela pilgrims. Above the crossing is an elegant three-story..

  • 14 Treasure of St Antoine Church, Ambazac Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    av. du Gén.-de-Gaulle F - 87240 Ambazac

    This simple 12C church with a late-15C chancel has two exceptional objects. The first is the imposing reliquary of St Étienne (1189) in hammered and inlaid brass embellished with enamels, precious stones and intaglios. The second is the dalmatic said..

  • 15 The Périgord Noir Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 24000 Sarlat-la-Canéda

    Cliffs, prehistoric caves, and castles overlooking the valleys of the Dordogne and the Vézère: this is the essence of Périgord. The countryside is dotted with tile-roofed farmhouses, little Romanesque churches, leafy forests that are full of mushroom..

  • 16 Château de Commarque Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    D 48 F - 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac

    Not so much a château, more a remarkable fortified structure, sited in an exceptional location; the middle of nowhere perhaps (rather secretive) and this only adds to its charm. On first acquaintance, the site is surprising on account of its troglody..

  • 17 Estève Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    13 r. Édouard-Branly F - 18000 Bourges

    This Flamboyant Gothic building (15C-17C) offers an exceptional setting to the collection donated by contemporary painter Maurice Estève (1904-2001), creator of an exacting body of work. Born in Culan, this master of colour first dabbled with Surreal..

  • 18 Old Town of Bourges Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rte de la Porte-Jaune F - 18000 Bourges

    Beautifully restored, the old town of Bourges delights with its many half-timbered houses dating from the 15C and 16C and its palaces, making this a lovely place to stroll around.

  • 19 Château de Meillant Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 r. d'Uzay-le-Venon F - 18200 Meillant

    The feudal character of this castle can now only be seen in the southern front, surrounded by moats. The east façade is very different, and its rich ornamentation is more akin to the Châteaux of the Loire. Inside, Caesar's Gallery leads directly into..

  • 20 Church of St-Pierre of Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. du Marché F - 19120 Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne

    Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne became a pilgrimage centre due to its church, St-Pierre, which was built over a period of two centuries. It is a perfect symbol of architectural influences from the Limousin region and from the Southwest of France. The beauty of..

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