Cahors Travel Guide

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Cahors Highlights

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     Interesting history... great old buildings 

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     Quintessentially French 

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     A Way to Relax While Sightseeing 

Cahors Things to Do

  • Le Pont Valentre

    A stunning bridge in Cahors. This is a 'Devil's Bridge', legend being that the Devil was tricked into helping build it. The photos were taken using my sunglasses as a filter for maximum pretentiousness. Despite that, it's a must-see for bridge fans.

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  • Look at the Town's Old Buildings

    If you are staying you will have time to take a look at the old secular buildings in town. The finest on is behind the Cathedral down at the river. Here is the+mansion the Hotel de Roaldes built at the end of the 15C. It is half-timber and brick and has an upstairs gallery for enjoying the good weather (like in Venice). It also has a tower. Henri...

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  • St.-Etienne: The Remaining Interior...

    There is little left to study in the church. In the Apse are some fine 14C Stained Glass windows. The chancel is covered with murals and is totally painted. It is an attempt to simulate the medieval pilgrimage appearance (we think), but did not impress us. There were two chapels that were preserved in their original styles but we have no notes on...

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  • St.-Etienne: View the Different Interior...

    Since the church was initially Romanesque it is surprising to find that it is tall, wide and adequately lit. It is without aisles, but tall chapels were let in the walls later. Instead of using a potentially combustible flat wood roof cover, the nave is vaulted by two large domes on pendentives. (This new approach is found on a few churches in...

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  • St.-Etienne: Go in the Cloister of the...

    The cloister was added to the Abbey complex in the beginning of the 16C. It is Flamboyant Gothic. When we visited, it had been long neglectedand restoration had just begun. The arches, doorways, ribbing and bosses will all look more handsome when finished

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  • Everybody Stops to See the Pont Valentre

    The medieval bridge is the identifier of Cahors. It was started in 1308. It has three defensive towers. The outer towers had barbicans and porticulises and the central tower was a sort of keep. Its spans have enormous sturdy piers sunk into the river. It has never been taken in warfare. Viollet-le-Duc restored it in1879 and in line with an ancient...

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  • St.-Etienne: See the North Facade, Door...

    St. Stephens' Cathedral was built over much of the 12C. It undoubtedly received some of the mason-carvers from Moissac (See Our Tips there), since it was on the Pilgrimage Route after Conques (again see Tips). This is manifest in the North Door which was installed in the West Facade but was immediately moved here. The South Door of the church was...

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  • St.-Etienne: Look at the Other Three...

    The South Door of the Cathedral was finished in 1119 and has a trilobed shape, almost Oriental in feel, made of brick and stone. The late Renaissance arcading above in similar materials harmonizes nicely (almost Venetian). The West Front (14C) is built of 3 fused towers with a central belfry and looks as military as the Pont Valentre (probably with...

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  • St.-Etienne: Study the Tympanum

    The tympanum is dated 1135, making it one of the first ones extant (See our Moissac Tips in this Region, for the first one anywhere dated "before 1115"). This one is an Ascension and features a standing Christ in an almond-shaped mandorla with Angels at each side. Above his head 4 cherubim come out of clouds to greet Him as he rises. Th Apostles...

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  • The Pont Valentre

    The main reason to visit Cahors is to see this beautiful bridge. Interesting to note that the GR65 - Chemin St Jarques (Camino de Santiago de Compostela) passes over this wonderful medieval structure. At night the bridge is floodlight further illustrating its appeal.

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  • The Bridge

    It is certainly worth your while to go to the bridge. It is so medieval and gives you a real sense what it was like back then, trying to defend your village. The views you get down the river are also beautiful!

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  • Devil's Bridge? Pont de Valentré

    The Valentre Bridge, which is the symbol of the town, was begun in 1308 and completed in 1378. A legend holds that the architect had a pact with the devil to help complete it. When the bridge was restored in 1879, the architect Paul Gout made reference to this by placing a small sculpture of the devil at the summit of one of the towers.There is...

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Cahors Restaurants

  • Le Mephisto, Cahors

    Simple food, at a good price, done well. The owner is very friendly - seeing my friend's amnesty top, he gave us free drinks. When he offered us the meat laden day menu, and I explained that I didn't eat meat or fish, he tore off some paper from his pad, 'Voici, votre repas'! I did get an omelette, fortunately. He also made the requisite animal...

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  • Gourmet Eating

    This is a rated Michelin restaurant especially recommended for its local fare. As would be expected in a superior restaurant the staff, the presentation and the chef are exceptional. When we were here the value of the dollar was at its peak and at dinner we ate and drank heartily. Of course we were also staying at the hotel. They chose the Cahors...

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  • The Weekly Market

    There is an extended area from the Halles past the West Front of the Cathedral tha is the site of the large weekly Saturday market. Everybody seems to have been there even though it was raining. The primary items are produce and other foodstuffs but there are all the other things one would find in a superstore and more. We took the opportunity to...

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  • Local Wines and Delicacies

    This shop is located near the Pont Valentre. There has been another Tip on it without giving a name. We thought it was "sponsored" to showcase local wines and food products but are not sure. They had a complete selection of the fine Cahors red wines. We bought cans of foie gras to take home. We did not buy picnic supplies here because we had done...

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Cahors Warnings and Dangers

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    by hquittner Written Apr 20, 2008

    One of the defects of my ancient education is being able to speak (but not hear) French. In a town market-place I will be quickly recognized as an elderly American (British?) and be harangued by an equally elderly retired Frenchman. I will understand almost nothing that he says and there is no polite escape. It is not even good training for my deficient language-ear.

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Cahors Off The Beaten Path

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    by trisbj Written Sep 8, 2006

    Just beyond the Pont Valentre and across the road is the Pilgrims path (still used) which shoots up the cliff. Follow the route up, pausing to take a few pictures of the bridge from an unusual height and then carry on up if you have the stamina and walk a couple of hundred metres along the path at the top to a flat open meadow next to the cliff and a magnificent view of the town and beyond.

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