Périgueux: a walk to discover the city's heritage

Périgueux
Périgueux: a walk to  ...

Périgueux is a city with a rich historical and architectural heritage of great quality. Labeled City of Art and History, the capital of Périgord will surprise you with the beauty that hides there in every alley... Admire the views over the Isle river, enjoy the small squares where cafés and good restaurants invite you to stroll... Rest on a bench in one of the many gardens and marvel at the sumptuous Saint-Front Cathedral.


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Visit of Périgueux, its historic center

Périgueux, the capital of Périgord Blanc, can be visited in all seasons.
If the summer is livelier, the small local shops, crafts and various products are open all year round and do we need anything other than our eyes to marvel at the heritage? As soon as the summer season returns, the Périgueux Tourist Office and the Municipality organize guided tours of certain buildings. Find out more before your stay, or consult the agenda of activities in the Dordogne on the Guide du Périgord.

In our video, follow us from the city center, the Place du Thouin in front of the splendid Saint-Front Cathedral. Its forecourt extends to Place de la Clautre where the weekly market is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays, as well as the summer gourmet night markets.

Saint-Front Cathedral in Périgueux


Continue the exploration with us, passing through the small old streets of Périgueux which make all the charm of this city, such as the Rue du Calvaire which descends from the Cathedral, towards the city, the Rue des Places and its charming little garden. treed. The Ruelle des Farges and its narrow staircase, which leads to the street of the same name. Rue Condé, which faces the enigmatic Tour Mataguerre, which can be visited in season, to discover a magnificent view of the roofs of the Capital of Périgord Blanc.


From the rooftops of the Mataguerre Tower
From the rooftops of the Mataguerre Tower

Continue towards the Place de l'hôtel de ville, in this pedestrian area dotted with small shops. Place du Coderc, lively and tree-lined, is the scene of concerts in the summer. Take the Rue de la Sagesse and let your gaze wander over the cobblestones where poetry is expressed! Place Saint-Louis is where the Truffle Market is located and where the restaurant terraces take up their summer quarters. Rue Limogeanne is a must, narrow with its old buildings, some of which have corbelled ceilings and its small shops, not far from the beautiful Esplanade du Souvenir offering a view of the Isle river which flows below. On this square is also the MAAP Museum, the Museum of Art and Archeology of Périgord.

Read our article report on the visit of the MAAP, it is open all year round!


Continue on rue de la Vertu and its stone walls which lead you to a small, well-hidden, intimate square lined with restaurants. Near the banks of the river, other streets await you with a small heritage to observe, such as Rue de l'Abrevoir, Rue Barbecane, Rue du Plantier, etc.

To find out more about the history of the city of Périgueux, consult the dedicated page on the website of the city of Périgueux (fr).


The Tower of Vesunna
The Tower of Vesunna

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