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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

    Place 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 Régiment 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

    Pech Merle 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 Palais Jacques-Coeur Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    10bis r. Jacques-Coeur F - 18000 Bourges

    With its steamrooms and galleried courtyard, this sumptuous mansion contained all the architectural innovations of the time - private oratories in the chapel, numerous independent rooms and sculptures on the lintels describing each room. At the foot ..

  • 9 Estève Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    13 r. Édouard-Branly F - 18000 Bourges

    This Flamboyant Gothic building (15C-17C) has a fine collection donated by prolific artist Maurice Estève, born at Culan in 1904, a master of colour who oscillated between figurative (La Toilette verte, 1934) and abstract ( Embarquement pour Cythère,..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 Cathédrale St-Front Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. de la Clautre F - 24000 Périgueux

    This vast Byzantine-style basilica resembles St Mark's in Venice, with its Greek cross shape (rare in France) and cupola. It was completed in around 1173. The lovely Romanesque belltower is the only part of the original church that remains. The resto..

  • 13 Musée d'Art et d'Archéologie du Périgord Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    cours Tourny F - 24000 Périgueux

    This museum boasts a major prehistoric collection, such as engraved objects from the Magdalenian period found in the Dordogne and an ethnographic section with objects from everyday life and sculptures from Africa, Oceania and America. Exhibits includ..

  • 14 Lascaux caves Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    F - 24290 Montignac

    Lascaux caves, the "Sistine Chapel of Prehistory", contain over 1,500 paintings from the Magdalenian period. Discovered in 1940, the caves were then closed to the public in 1963 because of damage to the walls. A replica, Lascaux II, featuri..

  • 15 Tobacco museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    pl. du Feu F - 24100 Bergerac

    Don't expect information on the harmful effects of smoking at the Musée du Tabac - this is a smoker's paradise, dedicated to the scents and traditions of tobacco smoking. The interesting exhibits are housed in small rooms, with information on history..

  • 16 Musée National de Préhistoire Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 r. du Musée F - 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac

    Occupying the fortress built by Jean-Guy de Beynac in 1585, this museum is dedicated to the Palaeolithic era. It houses a superb collection of prehistoric tools and art and presents information on prehistoric man, dating methods, cutting techniques u..

  • 17 Font-de-Gaume Grotto Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    4 av. des Grottes F - 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac

    This site is 120 m long and is the last prehistoric site with multicoloured figures still open to the public. Most of the paintings date back to the middle of the Magdalenian age, while some of the wall paintings belong to the same period as Lascaux ..

  • 18 Château de Castelnaud Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Château de Castelnaud F - 24250 Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

    The Château de Castelnaud, a genuine medieval fortress complete with machicolated keep, surrounding wall and main building, offers a panoramic view over the Céou and Dordogne valleys. The English, who owned it for a time, were driven out by Charles V..

  • 19 Beynac-and Cazenac Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 24220 Beynac

    This castle belonged to Richard the Lion Heart and then to Simon of Monfort in 1214. It achieved its definite from when Lord of Beynac undertook its reconstruction. The massive architectural ensemble, which can be seen today, is fruit of a constructi..

  • 20 Abbey church bell tower Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    bd Charlemagne F - 24310 Brantôme

    Built in the 11C on a 12m-high rock, the bell tower of the Eglise Abbatiale (abbey church) is noteworthy because it is the oldest gabled Romanesque bell tower in the Limousin region. Three of its four floors feature round-arched openings and its summ..

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