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Make the most of your holiday in Périgord to explore the charming town of Périgueux, cultural capital of the department Dordogne Périgord and a "town of art and history" in the Valley of the river Isle.  Take a stroll around the historic district and admire the rich civil, military and religious heritage from the Gallo-Roman era to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.



Historic monuments in Périgueux

Périgueux boasts 44 listed historic monuments including Saint Front cathedral (12th century, Roman and Byzantine influence, atypical architecture , layout in the form of a Greek cross which denotes the Roman style), the Arènes garden surrounded by relics of the Roman ampitheatre (2nd century), the tower of Vésone (ancient Gallo-Roman temple), château Barrière (12th to 16th century), Mataguerre tower (13th century fortification), "maisons des Quais" (architectural ensemble of three beautiful 15th and 16th century mansions) as well as the Vieille Ville where you can stroll around the streets through the historic centre of Périgueux.

Museums in Périgueux

If you would like to learn more about the history of Périgord, don't miss a trip to these three museums, which have been awarded the "Musées de France" accolade.

Musée d'art et d'archéologie du Périgord : archaelogical collections as well as ethnographics from Africa and Oceania, sculptures from the Middle Ages, furniture and objects of art from the 16th century to the present day...  

Musée Militaire des gloires et souvenirs du Périgord : the history of world wars : the Algerian war, souvenirs from the 3rd republic, soldiers' uniforms and a collection of arms...  

Vesunna site-musée gallo-romain : permanent exhibition displaying discoveries made on "Pétrocores" land, 1/50 scale model of the "domus de Vésone" at the end of the second century BC, 4-th century headstones...


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Photos : « Périgueux tour Vésone », « Périgueux Saint-Front  » par Père Igor - "Perigueux maison Tenant Place St Louis" par Abxbay - sous licence CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons