10 Places to see in Périgueux and Périgord
Hello all! Bonjour à tous!
Today we continue our own little Tour de France and arrive in Périgueux, the capital of the gorgeous Dordogne! A great program awaits and hopefully, you'll make a few great discoveries.
Here we go!
1) Cathédrale Saint-Front:
Built at the end of the XIIth century, the cathedral was built upon the remnants of a Roman Catholic church from the XIth century. After being rampaged by the Protestants who took the city between 1575 and 1577, the cathedral was renovated by architect Paul Abadie, who would later built Paris' famous Sacré Cœur. The shape of the cathedral was inspired by Constantinople's Church of the Saints Apostles.
2) L'eschif de Creyssac:
A few hundred meters south of the Cathedral, lays the "Eschif of Creyssac". The building, old from 1347 is a remnant of the Middle Age city, and was built as a watch of the bridge of Tournepiche. Classified as world patrimony, a must see when strolling through the Dordonian city.
3) Tour de Vésone:
South of Périgueux, in the public garden of Vésove, can be found this ancient tower. The Roman building has been standing since the first or second century. The tower was part of a sanctuary dedicated to the Roman Goddess Vesunna (which is also the ancient name of Périgueux.)
4) Périgueux à la Renaissance tours:
If you are keen on discovering all of the city's Renaissance secrets, why not try one of the Renaissance tours? They'll take you to the most impressive monuments of the city and talk you into the old Middle Age charm of Périgueux.
5) Château barrière:
Though only a small ruin is left from the XIIth century castle, it presents a very interesting detail. Indeed it was erected upon the fragments of a Roman enclosure of the city and some columns are still visible amid the castle.
6) Parc du Bournat:
The Park is a recreation of a XIXth century village. There, are displayed the creations of craftmen, demonstrations and more about life as it was 200 years ago. A great activity for families with children.
7) Gouffre de Padirac:
The Padirac Chasm is a cave located near Périgueux. A 2km long gallery to explore at some 40 meters under the ground. A must see for adventurers, hikers and other nature lovers.
8) Les jardins de Marqueyssac:
The 22 hectares wide gardens of Castle de Marqueyssac are open to all for a grandiose walk through their famous yards. Visit in July or August on Thursday's candle night for a magic and romantic evening.
9) Lascaux 2:
The cave of Lascaux is of the most important from the Paleolithic period. Indeed, the cave boasts one of the most impressive collection of frescoes in the world. Unfortunately, the cave quickly started to deteriorate after opening to the public in 1948. Searchers and scientists are still working on preserving the original artwork, whereas Lascaux 2, a replica, is opened for tourists and allows the 17 000 years-old original cave to stay safe from contamination and damages.
10) La vallée des châteaux:
The valley of castles, in Dordogne and near Périgueux, is known for its 1001 castles. The exact number may vary depending on what one considers big enough to be counted as a castle, but there are certainly plenty of splendid strongholds to be visited. Among the most famous and grandiose are the Castles of Hautefort, Beynac, Biron, Bourdeilles or Castelnaud.