Brantôme Travel Guide

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Brantôme Things to Do

  • See the Tower of St. Roch

    The tower is between the Abbey and the Renaissance Pavilion with a lovely view on the Dronne River. There is a walkway and overlook on one side and the garden with the Medici Fountain on the other side.If you walk past the tower, you come to the Moulin de l'Abbaye, a lovely restaurant right on the river with outdoor seating . . . and high prices....

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  • The beautiful Renaissance Pavilion

    Walk along the lovely River Dronne past the Abbey St. Pierre until you come to the small garden at the south side. You will see the Medici Fountain on your right and the Tour St. Roch on your left followed by the Renaissance Pavilion with a portal giving onto the bridge to the Jardin des Moines.If you look to your right as you cross the bridge, you...

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  • Visit the Medici Fountain

    After you walk through the church, the cloisters, the abbey and the caves, enjoy the small garden adjoining the abbey. You can see the Tour St. Roch and the Renaissance Pavilion and to your right is the beautiful Medici Fountain set against the cliffside.

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  • Visit the famous Abbaye Saint-Pierre de...

    One visits Brantôme in order to visit the famous Benedictine Abbey sitting on the river. You may visit the church, the cloisters and the troglodyte (cave) section. The church and cloisters are free; the abbey was closed the day we were there and I am pretty sure there is a charge to visit the inside and the caves since they were well-fenced off.You...

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  • The Church Has Some Artistic Treasures

    The church contains some old stone carvings, most notably the 14C relief of the Baptism of Christ and a diptych placed above a stoup made of a 12C capital in a style like the retable behind the altar at St.-Front in Perigueux. Outside of the church embedded in the apse (east) wall are worn primitive carvings from the early church.

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  • Enter the Church of St.-Pierre

    The present church is basically a 14C Gothic Angevin renewal of the 12C dome-vaulted original which sustained damage in the earlier Wars. Later refinement were added and ultimately Abadie in 1850 did his alterations. Use has been made of ancient materials such as a table base in the baptistry and a stoup near the door below a fine carved stone...

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  • Stop At the Palace

    The Abbatial Palace was built in the 17C. It has an 18C staircase, although the lowest level looks much older. The dormitory and refectory were in this building. The building now houses the civic activities: town hall, schools, the Desmoulins Museum, the Tourist Office.

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  • Walk Past the Caves

    The Monastery had financial ups and downs through the centuries , especially during the depredations of the English and Religious Wars. From the outset use was made of the more than a dozen caves in the base of the great cliff behind the present palace. Many of these were modified or enlarged to serve as supportive monastic buildings : kitchens,...

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  • Drive Through the Town

    Passage through the town presents no obstructions. The houses are old but not distinctive. The church of Notre Dame was begun in the 16C. It is topped by a false watch tower. In 1877 it became the town market when the Abbey church became the town church and the civic functions moved into the palace. The road then passes the North (east) Abbey gate...

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  • Admire the Bent Bridge and Its...

    Le Pont Coude (Bent oe Elbowed Bridge) was built at the same time as the palace , the Monastery Gardens and the pavillion by the Abbot (1538-56). The bridge provided access to the gardens on a far bank away from the town. A submerged brakeater was included running from the bend to the town shore, creating a long deep pool along the Abbey (in which...

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  • See the Cloister

    The Gothic cloister was added by the commendatory abbot when he built his palace, the monastery gardens and the Pavillion (and modified the church). Unfortunately in 2850 Abadie removed two of the cloister galleries, traces of which remain on the lateral walls to which they were applied (of the church and the palace). There is a modest "fountain"...

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  • Study the Ancient Belfry

    The 11C Romanesque Belfry should be examined and if possible, its base should be entered and the adjacent chapter house remains viewed. The upper three levels of the belfry progressively diminish in size and each is treated differently. One has a prominent gable.

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Brantôme Restaurants

  • Perfect Pizzas!

    Run by a friendly family, the Vieux Four (= Old Oven) is THE place to eat at Brantôme! We came there on a March evening and didn't expect too much - after all, a pizza place in a tourist destination can be a hit-and-miss kind of thing. However, when we entered the building which is partly a grotto (a so-called troglodyte building which is not...

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  • Not gourmet, but good food and great...

    We drove up to Brantome from Domme, a long trip, visited the Abbey and were hungry. We looked at the beautiful Moulin de l'Abbaye and discovered it cost about twice what we wanted to pay.Hence, we walked back along the Dronne River past the abbey and out the gate into Place Charles de Gaulle where there were several restaurants. We looked at the...

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  • Romantic Terrace

    Small terrace overlooking the river Dronne. Ideal location in summer for a romantic dinner. Local ingredients prepared with flair. Friendly staff who speak English Pate de foie gras with onion marmalade and brioche. Try it with a glass of Monbazillac.

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