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Turenne

Turenne

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.

Castelnau Bretenoux

Castelnau Bretenoux

The Château de Castelnau-Bretenoux is a castle in the commune of Prudhomat, Lot département, France. One of the most impressive in the Quercy region, it has been listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since 1862.The castle of Castelnau-Brenenoux is located on the top of a hill, at the intersection of several valleys; among them is the Dordogne River. The castle is visible from a distance and easily recognizable by its walls of red stone.

Carennac

Carennac

A village lies in the fertile valley of the Dordogne River, nestled under the barren, parched plateau locally named 'le Causse'. Its most remarkable landmarks are a medieval priory, combining an 11th-century church and cloister, and a 16th-century castle, in which famous author of The Adventures of Telemachus, François Fénelon, lived from 1681 to 1685. The church features a remarkable tympanum, and the cloister a 15th-century "mise au tombeau".

Collonges la rouge

Collonges la rouge

The matchless red sandstone is the hallmark of this former stronghold of the Counts of Turenne. It is everywhere : beneath the "lauze" stone-slab or slate roofs of the impressive 15C and 16C houses, and adorning the corn and wine mart and the Church of Saint Pierre too.

Rocamadour

Rocamadour

Rocamadour has attracted visitors for its setting in a gorge above a tributary of the River Dordogne, and especially for its historical monuments and its sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which for centuries has attracted pilgrims from every country, among them kings, bishops, and nobles.

Gouffre de Padirac

Gouffre de Padirac

The number one site in the Midi-Pyrenees, the Gouffre de Padirac, not far from Rocamadour. You will go deep into the earth where you will discover a magical landscape, with a natural 75 metre cave and long galleries formed over thousands of years by a mysterious underground river. You will then go on a 500m boat ride, 103 metres under the earth, where you will reach the Grand Dôme chamber, one of the most impressive in Europe.

Brive La Gaillarde

Brive La Gaillarde

Brive-la-Gaillarde was originally named Brive but was renamed in 1919. Gaillarde probably stands for bravery or strength in the city's name, but it may also refer to the city's walls. Brive now extends outside of its original boundaries into Malemort and Ussac. The commercial district is mainly the medieval centre with retail shops and cafés. It is also the location of the city hall, the main police station, and the Labenche museum.

Loubressac

Loubressac

Perched on a promontory that offers a wonderful panoramic view of the Dordogne valley and the surrounding castles, Loubressac invites visitors to discover its charming medieval houses built of ochre stone and capped with pointed roofs. The church of Saint Jean Baptiste and the château, a manor dating back to the 15C and 18C, are worth the short climb it takes to reach them.

Autoire

Autoire

Listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, Autoire was once a favourite retreat of the French Aristocracy. Not withstanding it's size, it has four castles and a manor on it's territory.