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  • 1 Château de Commarque Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    D48 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..

  • 2 Château de Montal Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 46400 Saint-Jean-Lespinasse

    Protected by two cylindrical towers topped by steeply sloping slate roofs, the château presents two faces: on one side an austerely defensive one, on the other, a courtyard looks onto a charming Renaissance façade. It was built by Jeanne de Balsac d'..

  • 3 Palais Jacques-Coeur Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    10bis r. Jacques-Cœur 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 ..

  • 4 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,..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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..

  • 9 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..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 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 ..

  • 13 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..

  • 14 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..

  • 15 Manoir d'Eyrignac gardens Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 24590 Salignac-Eyvigues

    These verdant gardens laid out in the 18C have belonged to the same family for five generations. Thanks to the many evergreen species planted here, the gardens are an oasis of greenery throughout the year. Admire the paths lined with beautifully prun..

  • 16 Grottes de Villars Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Le Cluzeau F - 24530 Villars

    Of the 13km/8mi that have been explored since the cave was discovered in 1953, only 600m/656yd are open to visitors who can walk along galleries linking chambers dug by an underground river and decorated with amazing and varied concretions: draperies..

  • 17 Marqueyssac gardens Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Jardins de Marqueyssac F - 24220 Vezac

    Covering an area of 22ha, Marqueyssac gardens are laid out on a rocky spur overlooking the Dordogne valley. In front of the charming 18C château, the main terrace is arranged in a geometric pattern which evokes the symmetry of the building. The basti..

  • 18 Pont Valentré bridge Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pt Valentré F - 46000 Cahors

    With its three machicolated towers, crenellated parapets and pointed cutwaters alternating with seven pointed arches, this magnificent bridge is a bold and elegant masterpiece of medieval military architecture and has become a symbol for the city!

  • 19 Gouffre de Padirac caves Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D90 F - 46500 Padirac

    First explored by Édouard-A. Martel in 1890, these caves consist of a 22km network of galleries and underground rivers located beneath the Causse de Gramat limestone plateau. The Galerie de la Source just after the chasm leads to the Rivière Plane, a..

  • 20 The village of St-Cirq-Lapopie Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Le Bourg F - 46630 Saint-Cirq-Lapopie

    The maze of narrow alleyways and fine half-timbered houses with their corbelled façades bear witness to the importance of this village in the Middle Ages. The workshops once inhabited by wood turners have been restored, returning the village to its f..

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