Arriving in Montignac by Car, we crossed over this bridge to reach the information Centre.
What I didn't realize until looking upstream and seeing the Arches, this was quite a beautiful bridge, old too, being built between 1766 and 1777.
The original Bridge was burnt by Protestants to protect their pension, and was rebuilt and then carried away by floods in 1620. The current bridge, built between 1766 and 1777, replaced a kind of boat used for 150 years.
Walk downstream for a nice photo!
This large 16th century Catholic Church in Montignac can be see from most area's of the Town. Seeing the door was open, I was able to have a look around inside.
Coming outside, I passed through some Arches, but not before stopping and taking some nice photo's.
The Place de Carnot surrounds the Church, and if you are here on a Wednesday morning, there is a large market, and on Saturdays, a smaller one.
These are two streets in the old historic area of Montignac......This is the opposite side of the River to the Tourist Information Centre.
I loved this area!
First, Rue Lafitte.................
This road near the Bridge comes under the name of Quai Merilhou, and it is here where the Riverside Restaurant's and Cafe's are. Great views of the River from here, whilst enjoying a meal or Coffee!
Lots of fascinating old houses in the Place, and market's are held here Wednesday & Saturday. From the Place Carnot, I followed the narrow cobblestone lanes past more interesting building's. Quite a few of them had Blue shutter's and other parts of the building painted in Blue, not sure if there is a reason for this.
If you like this type of thing, then don't miss this area, it was historical and really nice!
Montignac, and like all these historic old towns, if there is a River flowing through the town, I like to head there.
Why? Well, often I get nice reflection photo's of the old homes.
Well, I wasn't so lucky this time as a light breeze had come up and spoilt the "real nice" photo's.
The lovely home's on the edge of the river, had balconies on their top floor built out of wood and raised on wooden beams. Some were enclosed and some open, what a nice view of the river the owner's would have!
Well, it was worth going down Rue Tournon to see the view and the River Vezere.
I didn't have enough time, but there was a walking path along the River's edge.
The Chateau de Montignac really stood out when I was taking photo's from across the River.
Back I went to the Car and soon we were on our way to the other side of the River to see the Chateau at a closer distance.
Well, it is on a small hill as is mainly in ruins now. It was once a very important castle in the region. There really is only a tower and a few walls remaining, probably more impressive from the distance!
During the Norman invasion's in the 9th century, the Chateau was a fortified camp. It has been rebuilt many times during the 12th & 13th centuries.
The Prieure Saint Georges is opposite the Tourist information centre. The old building had signs out the front saying it was a craft expo. It didn't cost any admission fee, and as I do Craft work, I went inside and had a look. I wanted to see if there was anything different in France to what we do in Australia. There were allsorts of crafts, Dolls, Paintings, Jewellery, Tissue Boxes, Crochet, Gift boxes and gift cards, and much more, pretty well what we do in Australia.
This centre is located in central Montignac, in a 13th century building that used to be the Hospital of Saint Jean l'Evangeliste.
Montignac is another old town, and has the Vezere River flowing through the centre. I walked around some of the town, if I had longer, I would have picked up the walking map which shows all the points of interest on the trail.