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  • 1 Estève Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    13 r. Edouard Branly F - 18000 Bourges

    This 15th-17th Century building in the flamboyant Gothic style is a wonderful setting for the donation of the contemporary painter Maurice Estève, born in Culan in 1904, and painter of a demanding work. This master of colour, who flirted with surreal..

  • 2 Château de Meillant Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 r. Uzay 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..

  • 3 Church of St-Pierre of Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Le Bourg 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..

  • 4 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..

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

    Museums and art

    cours Tourny F - 24000 Périgueux

    Situated on the Allées de Tourny in the place of the former Augustine convent, this is one of the most important museums of prehistory in France. Its treasures include the Skeleton of Chancelade, which is 15,000 years old, the golden funerary diadem ..

  • 6 Tobacco museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    pl. du Feu F - 24100 Bergerac

    At the Tobacco Museum, you will find satirical engravings, works of art linked to tobacco and smoking (Intérieur de tabagie by David Teniers le Jeune), a pedestal table made by Mexican Indians inlaid with cigar rings, the story of growing, harvesting..

  • 7 Musée National de Préhistoire Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

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

    The former castle of the Beynac barons is perched on a cliffside and overlooked by the latter. Today, it houses a prehistoric art museum. From the terrace, you can admire the village as well as Vézère valley below. In the museum, you'll see tools, bl..

  • 8 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 ..

  • 9 Abbey church bell tower Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    bd Charlemagne F - 24310 Brantôme

    Built during the 11C, on a 12 m high rock, this church tower has the distinctive feature of being the oldest gabled Romanesque church tower in the Limousin region. Three of its four floors are filled with windows in the middle of the arch. The buildi..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 Gouffre de Proumeyssac Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 24260 Le Bugue

    This "crystal cathedral", discovered in 1907 following the collapse of its vault, has been open to the public since 1924. Today, visitors standing on a platform can admire the magnificent 52m/171ft high dome which reaches 60m/197ft in its w..

  • 12 Pont Valentré bridge Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pt Valentré F - 46000 Cahors

    Its three machicolated towers, its crenellated parapets, its pointed cut-waters breaking up the succession of ogival arches endow this magnificent bridge, a masterpiece of medieval military architecture, with an elegant boldness. Its high silhouette ..

  • 13 Old Abbey Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. de l'Abbaye F - 46200 Souillac

    Built on the site of the old Church of St Martin, St Mary's is a church of vast proportions. Similar to the Byzantine style of churches in Périgueux or Cahors, it has an extremely original chevet with five pentagonal apses. Inside, note the portal wi..

  • 14 Figeac's old quarter Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place de la Raison F - 46100 Figeac

    Figeac, a genuine small medieval city, has kept some signs of its flourishing past in the architecture of its dwellings. The local material used, beige sandstone, greatly brightens up these houses. Large ogives surmounted by an open-work design galle..

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

    Museums and art

    pl. Champollion F - 46100 Figeac

    The museum pieces are exhibited on both floors of Champollion's birthplace. It is totally dedicated to Egyptology. This place delightfully takes us through the Pharaonic culture of Egypt. All kinds of objects (steles, canope vases, scribe palettes, s..

  • 16 Château de Castelnau-Bretenoux Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rte de Félines F - 46130 Bretenoux

    Located on a rocky spur which looks over the Cére and Dordogne confluence, «this jagged ensemble of blood orange coloured stones», as Pierre Loti loved to cal it, is considered one of the most beautiful examples of military Middle Age architecture. T..

  • 17 Château de Châlus-Chabrol Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 87230 Chalus

    The castle of Haut-Châlus, where Richard the Lion-Heart was mortally wounded, stands on a spur of ground at the entrance to the village. The cylindrical 11C keep (25m high, 10m in diameter and walls between 2.5 and 3m thick!) is most impressive. Insi..

  • 18 Abbatiale de Solignac Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 87110 Solignac

    Born in 588 at Chaptelat, St Eligius learned the trade of goldsmith in the workshops of Limoges before travelling to Paris to work for the king's treasurer. His talents and probity gained the attention of Clotaire II, who made him his treasurer, but ..

  • 19 Floral Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Le Parc Floral 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..

  • 20 Oradour-sur-Glane Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Champ-de-Foire F - 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 ..

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