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  • 1 Cathedral of St Étienne 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 front has 5 portals (the central of which depicts the Last Judgement), leading into a nave and four aisles. The windows (12C-17C) are among France's finest, and the crypt is..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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 (inspired by Chambord), Valençay is a fine example of a Loire valley château making early use of the neo-Classical style: pilasters and domes instead of pepperpot roofs. Gallery dedicated to the Talleyrand-P..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 Floral Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 18150 Apremont-sur-Allier

    In order to create this 4ha park, inspired by 18C English examples, it was necessary to dam a valley for water features, transform a former quarry into a waterfall and meadows into lawns and woods, necessitating bulldozers to plant mature trees weigh..

  • 9 Notre-Dame d'Orsan Priory Gardens Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Lieu-dit Orsan F - 18170 Maisonnais

    Vividly brought back to life using illuminated manuscripts of the period for guidance, these superb walled gardens at the heart of a 12C priory are the ideal setting for gentle aesthetic contemplation. In this meditative haven of peace, visitors will..

  • 10 Waterfalls of Gimel-les- Cascades 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..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 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 emerges amidst abundant vegetation. In bygone days, the lords of La Xiantrie each had a château-refuge on this very rock, very useful ..

  • 13 La Brenne Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 36300 Rosnay

    Surrounded by Berry, Touraine, Poitou and the Limousin, this region of legends covers some 166 000ha, a mosaic of wild and mysterious landscapes which have long inspired poets and artists. Characterised by the juxtaposition of lakes and forests, moor..

  • 14 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 ..

  • 15 Lake Vassivière Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 87470 Peyrat-le-Château

    In a verdant landscape of wooded hills, this artificial lake covers 1 000ha, the result of the construction of the Vassiviere Dam on the River Maulde. Each year this is the venue for major sailing events, and one of its islands (bridged access on foo..

  • 16 Collegiate Church of St Pierre du Dorat Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Rue de la Psalette F - 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..

  • 17 Oradour-sur-Glane Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Champ-de-Foire F - 87520 Oradour-sur-Glane

    On 10 June 1944, four days after the D-Day landings, an entire village of 642 people was wiped out by German troops of the Das Reich division. Whitewashed walls, a memorial, and a cemetery where lie these victims of Nazism comprise this "martyr ..

  • 18 Treasury of the Church of St Anthony 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..

  • 19 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..

  • 20 Cave of the Grand Roc Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D 47 F - 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac

    From the terrace at the entrance to the cave (discovered by J Maury in 1924), there is a fine view of the Vézère Valley. After 40m of narrow tunnels, there is an extraordinary profusion of stalactites and stalagmites of coral-like beauty (note the &q..

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