Il y a six raisons de visiter Périgeux.
Dans les limites étroites de cette capitale du département de la Dordogne, vous marcherez en une journée de la période gallo-romaine au Moyen-Âge et à la Renaissance. L'Office de Tourisme dispose d'une carte illustrée de la ville et la promenade à travers 17 siècles d'histoire peut commencer.
Quiconque meurt de faim ici est à blâmer. Des dizaines de boutiques de gastronomie et d'excellents restaurants font de la ville une expérience gastronomique. Une attraction supplémentaire est la Voie Verte, un sentier de randonnée pédestre et cycliste de 21 km de long, bordé d'arbres, qui suit les méandres de la rivière L'Isle.
Histoire, caméra, éditeur : Bert Schwarz
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The 15th century Mataguerre Tour is an impressive remnant of the city wall that surrounded the city in the Middle Ages. The winding alleys behind the tower mostly date from the same period and have some impressive fortified residences with towers.
Vesunna is a Roman settlement from the 1st century A.D. In the Musée Gallo-Romaine de Vesunna, which is located in a large Gallo-Roman villa covered by a modern glass construction. In the many rooms of the villa, some with original mosaic floors, the excavated artefacts breathe the Roman housework and public life of the time.
The heart of the city is the Catédrale St. Front, classified by UNESCO, which is covered with five domes. Anyone who is familiar with this is right, because it was the model for Montmartre's Sacre Coeur, the church built more than 600 years later. The towering bell tower comes from the former Romanesque church, but most of the 12th century cathedral is a pure Byzantine basilica built in a Greek cross.
The tour continues from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance in the narrow, winding streets of the old town. There are plenty of opportunities for a photo if you follow the hiking map to the marked buildings and are provided with informative historical boards. Although the restored stone buildings look like museum pieces, they are often elegant homes or offices. Other Renaissance beauties are scattered throughout the city centre.
The narrow, paved Rue Limogeanne, a feast for all the senses, with dozens of elegant shops dedicated to the medieval sin of gluttony. Pâté de foie gras du Perigord is the local speciality that we tasted at stands and saw a dozen shops selling other fine things: Here you can find wine, coffee, tea, oil and spices.
The gourmet pleasure with its (too) many calories can then be trained again with a walk or a bicycle tour on a section of the 21 km long Voie Verte, the «green way» along the L'Isle. The most scenic part of the trail is directly opposite the cathedral. From the entrance of the cathedral you simply follow the winding Avenue Daumesnil down to the bridge, the ideal place for photos of the cathedral, and meet the asphalted path on the other side of the river.