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  • 1 Cathédrale St-Front Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place de la Clautre

    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..

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

    Museums and art

    22 cours Tourny

    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..

  • 3 Tobacco museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Place du Feu

    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..

  • 4 Font-de-Gaume Grotto Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    4 avenue des Grottes

    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 ..

  • 5 Abbey church bell tower Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Boulevard Charlemagne

    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..

  • 6 Grottes de Villars Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Le Cluzeau

    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..

  • 7 Pont Valentré bridge Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pont Valentré

    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!

  • 8 Figeac's old quarter Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place de la Raison

    Figeac still has a layout dating from the Middle Ages, with interlacing narrow, winding streets, surrounded by a line of boulevards where defensive ditches used to lie. There are numerous 12C, 13C and 14C buildings, in lovely beige sandstone, that op..

  • This museum dedicated to Jean-François Champollion occupying the 13C house where he was born has been extended with a new building that triples the exhibition space. Now, as well as focusing on Champollion, his work and Egyptology (sarcophagi, mummie..

  • In order to create this 5ha 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..

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

    Nature and gardens

    Lieu-dit Orsan

    The gardens are organised around the cloister, Cloître des Charmilles, symbolic centre of the monastery, where four paths, representing the four rivers of paradise, converge at a fountain. This space serves the numerous adjacent gardens, which are se..

  • 12 Plateau de Millevaches Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    According to legend, these uplands owe their name to a shepherd who was seduced here by 1 000 diabolical cattle...although the more likely derivation comes from "1 000 springs" (1 000 batz in the Celtic language) or "deserted mountain&..

  • 13 Oradour-sur-Glane Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites


    On 10 June 1944, four days after the D-Day landings, an entire village of 642 people was wiped out by the elite German troops of the Das Reich division. Burnt wall sections, a memorial and a cemetery where the remains of the victims of Nazism lie are..

  • 14 Cave of the Grand Roc Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D 47

    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..

  • 15 Palais Jacques-Coeur Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    10bis r. Jacques-Cœur

    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 ..

  • 16 Lascaux caves Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    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..

  • 17 Musée National de Préhistoire Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 rue du Musée

    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..

  • 18 Château de Castelnaud Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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

    In the Middle Ages, Beynac, along with Biron, Bourdeilles and Mareuil, was one of Périgord's four baronies. Passed from Richard the Lionheart to Simon of Montfort, the castle took on its definitive form when the Lord of Beynac undertook its reconstru..

  • 20 Hautefort Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Le Bourg

    This castle standing guard over the small valley is atypical. Built on the site of a 9C fortress, it took on its current shape between the 16C and 17C: it was during this period that the castle lost its defensive look and became a residence, blending..

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