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St Front Périgueux

Périgueux - two cities in one!

This ancient city, the capital of the Dordogne, was named after the Gaulish Petrocorii tribe as indeed was the Périgord itself. It is divided into two districts each defined by its main church – St Stephen’s Collégiale (St Etienne), which was the Cathedral until 1669, dominates the Cité district and the massive Byzantine inspired St Front, which is now the Cathedral, and dominates the Puy St Front district.

Allow at least a day to explore the city fully. Most of the vestiges of the Roman period can be found in the Cité district and this was in fact the original town known to the Romans as Vesunna after a sacred spring found here.

Don’t miss the Arènes which, although it was used as first as a bastion against the barbarians and later as a quarry, still gives a good idea of how it must have looked in its heyday. The Tour de Vésone and the Musée Gallo-Romaine are nearby.

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Cathédrale St-Front at Périgueux

Abadie's inspiration for the Sacre-Coeur

Musée Gallo Romain at Périgueux

Gallic-Roman Museum at Périgueux

Périgueux: Hotel Mercure

Modern Chain Hotel (b,l,d €€-€€€)

Périgueux: Tour de Vésone

Ruins of the Temple of Vesunna

Périgueux: Au Bien Bon Tome II

Volume II of 'Well Good' (l, d € - €€)

Périgueux: Hercule Poireau

Périgueux Restaurant Hercule Poireau - get it? (l, d €€€)

Périgueux: Citotel Bristol Hotel

Ideal base for exploring the Medieval Centre (b, €)

Périgueux: Hotel Regina

Convenient Hotel for rail travellers (b, €€)

Périgueux: L'Espace du 6ème Sens

The Space of the Sixth Sense at Périgueux (l, d €)

Périgueux: La Taula Restaurant

The table of feasts in Périgueux (l, d €€€)

Tour de Vésone at Périgueux

Temple of Vesunna

Text © Paul Shawcross

Image by Alban_Gilbert_CRTA