Perigord - South West

  • The River Côle, a delightful river spanned by a medieval bridge with bull-nosed cutwaters projecting into the river, runs through this village that boasts ochre-walled houses with brown-tiled roofs and is a pleasant stopping place in Périgord Vert. Saint-Jean-de-Côle’s history is linked to the 12C and 15C Chateau de la Marthonie which overlooks the pretty Place Saint-Jean and to the priory whose old Romanesque-byzantine style church has an original layout.

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    • Abbeys and churches : 12C church, 11C priory
    • By the waterside : The river Côle

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  • Halfway between Lascaux and Les Eyzies, this former flourishing port on the River Vézère is situated in countryside that is typical of the Périgord. The village is well guarded by its castles – the Manoir de la Salle at the entrance to the village, Château de Clérans above the river and Château de Chabans, jewel of the Côte de Jor – and is proud to host the Music Festival of the Périgord Noir in its beautiful 12C Romanesque church.

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    • Abbeys and churches : 12C Romanesque church, the expiatory chapel
    • By the waterside : The river Vézère
    • Castles and ramparts : Manoir de la Salle (14C), Château de Clérans (16C), Château de Chabans (14C to 17C)

     

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    • Saint-Robert la Vieille Rue

    The village is arranged around a Benedictine monastery built by the followers of Saint Robert and was the scene of violent religious clashes. And yet a fine fortified 12C Romanesque church and stately freestone houses still remain intact from those times in this hilly countryside on the borders of Corrèze and Dordogne.

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    • Abbeys and churches : Romanesque church of Sainte Marie (12C)

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    Situated 40 km from Auch, in Gascon country, Sarrant enfolds its tall stone, daub and half-timbered houses around the Church of Saint Vincent which was rebuilt and enlarged after the Wars of Religion. Entrance into the village is via a 14C arched gateway pierced through a solid square tower that is evidence of its medieval past.

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    • Castles and ramparts : The square tower and its arched gateway, remains of the ramparts

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    Ségur-le-Château is situated on a peninsula formed by a loop in the River Auvézère and is, as its name says, a "secure place" in which the Viscounts of Limoges chose to set up their fortified castle. Although only a keep of that 12C building remains today, many noble houses with turrets or half-timbering bear witness to the opulent period the village lived through from the 15C to the 18C when it was the seat of an Appeals Court extending jurisdiction over 361 seigniories in the region.

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    • By the waterside : The river Auvézère
    • Castles and ramparts : Remains of the 12C castle
    • Unusual sights : Fête des Culs Noirs (Black-bottomed pig festival in August)

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    Turenne bears the name of a powerful viscountcy that ruled over Limousin, Périgord and Quercy for ten centuries and it has kept many traces of its past : César and le Trésor towers, remains of the castle overlooking the village, old town houses dating from the 15C to 17C adorned with turrets or bartizans and more modest dwellings tiled with "lauze" stone slabs or slate.

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    • Castles and ramparts : Remains of the castle of the Viscounts of Turenne
    • Panoramas : View of the village and rolling countryside from the esplanade in front of the castle

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