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  • 1 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..

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

    Museums and art

    22 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..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 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 ..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 Maxange caves Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Mestreguiral F - 24480 Le Buisson-de-Cadouin

    These caves, discovered in 2000 by Angel Caballero, consist of galleries hollowed out of the yellow limestone by the sea. The tour starts in the lower gallery with a presentation of the different layers of sediment and moves into the upper gallery wh..

  • 9 Pont Valentré bridge Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pont 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!

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

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 46630 St-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..

  • 11 Figeac's old quarter Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place de la Raison F - 46100 Figeac

    The fortified medieval centre of Figeac retains evidence of its thriving past in the architecture of its houses. The local material, beige sandstone, makes the buildings particularly bright. Typical 13C, 14C and 15C architectural elements include lar..

  • 12 Musée Champollion - Egyptology and the History of Writing Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    pl. Champollion F - 46100 Figeac

    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..

  • 13 Château de Châlus-Chabrol Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Chabrol F - 87230 Châlus

    It was here that King Richard the Lionheart was mortally wounded in 1199. Dominating the town, the isolated 11C keep is of impressive proportions (25m high, 10m in diameter and with walls measuring between 2.5m and 3m thick!). Inside is a vaulted hal..

  • 14 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..

  • 15 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 ..

  • 16 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..

  • 17 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 ..

  • 18 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..

  • 19 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..

  • 20 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..

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