A new tour will soon be available in Périgueux. After several years of waiting, the public will be able to climb closer to the domes of the splendid Saint-Front’s Cathedral, in the city of Périgueux. A magical experience we had the chance to live, and we are now sharing it with you ...
It is a stone staircase to the right of the main entrance door of the Cathedral (Place de la Clautre), hidden behind a brown door, which directs the visitor to the roofs of the Saint-Front’s Cathedral. A first open-air landing opens on the cloister and its vegetation, one also overhangs the entrance of the Cathedral, its two towers. We begin to distinguish the city which is outlined in the distance...
A second staircase (76 steps in all), opens on solid metal walkways, which complete the stone steps, sometimes wide and narrower as you gravitate toward the steeple. Until 1978, visits were possible, then the need to create a new path made access impossible. Since 2015, the project of reopening is in progress, but everything must be done with care and respect for this emblematic and precious monument. In a few days everyone will be able to participate in guided tours (official opening date, organization and pricing soon revealed ...)
View above the Cloister
The first floor
View on the bank of the Isle river
The visit will take you near the bell tower, at its foot. You turn around, admiring on one side the city and the banks of the Isle, overlooking the Place du Clautre, then as you turn 360 degrees, you discover the other neighborhoods of Périgueux. We discover delicious little details (such as wooden ladders, the view of the Isle river in the distance, details in the roof, architecture), told by the guide who accompanies you. It's a moment of grace for those who love architecture, history and the beautiful city of Périgueux. After this rotation around the bell tower, we go down again and admire the beautiful stones and stained glass windows. We return above the entrance Place de la Clautre then we go down.
Enjoy the view