Périgueux Travel Guide

  • Périgueux
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  • River L'Isle taken from the town bridge
    River L'Isle taken from the town bridge
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  • Saint Front cathedral
    Saint Front cathedral
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Périgueux Things to Do

  • Visit the Medieval Puy St Front...

    PHOTO 1 - MATAGUERRE TOWER is the last fortified tower existing from the medieval ramparts which enclosed the Puy St Front from the 12 th century onwards.It consisted of 28 towers and 12 gates. On the day we visited the tower was closed,so we were unable to see the view from the top.PHOTO 2 - ESCHIF de CREYSSAC,which is otherwise known as Lookout...

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  • Arrive At the Cathedral of St.-Front

    St.-Front is actually built in the form of a Greek Cross but it is attached to a portion of an earlier partially burnt 11C church and the bell tower of 1125 that connects the two. It is modeled after St. Mark’s in Venice but the support of the domes is 4-square on heavy pendentives, although maintaining 5 domes. The outer domes are almost identical...

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  • Exit Through the Cloister

    The different sides of the cloisters are from the 12 ,13 and 16C, hence two have Romanesque and two have Gothic arches The upper part of the belfry is now the fountain in the center of the cloister. When we visited they were setting up tables for a seminar lunch there. What an inspirational idea! The cloister is to the south of the church (its east...

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  • Cathedral of St.-Front: Some Other...

    The Retable detail is hard to see in the dim light. The carved pulpit seems to be of the same period. In the arms the light is better with two levels of windows

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  • Enter the Cathedral of St.-Front

    The interior of the church is spacious as intended but rather stark. Note the pendentives. The east dome is the choir and altar ending in an oven-vaulted apse. There is a Baroque walnut retable behind the Altar.

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  • Cool caves

    Near Sarlat are many caves that were inhabited in the Stone Age. Lascaux is the most famous, but there are many more caves to see.

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Périgueux Hotels

  • Ibis Perigueux

    8, Boulevard Saumande, 24000 Perigueux

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Mercure Perigueux Centre 3* Hotel

    7 Place Francheville, Perigueux, 24000, FR

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Bristol Hotel

    37-39, rue Antoine Gadaud, Perigueux, 24000, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Périgueux Transportation

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    by tvdm Written Dec 27, 2002

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    You need a car as public transport is very limited. The best way to get there from the north is to go from Paris to Limoges and then follow the main road to Perigueux. The map shows the department of Dordogne.

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    by tvdm Written Dec 27, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Even if you only pass through the town, make sure to briefly visit the cathedral. It was modelled after Venice's San Marco and it shows from the domes. The adjacent courtyard is a haven of tranquility in this busy market town.

    Fondest memory: Wandering around the courtyard of the cathedral - amazingly enough without hordes of tourists! I love these medieval delights and together with the beautiful weather it wasn't hard to enjoy this afternoon.

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