Périgueux

The recapture of Saint-Front cathedral surroundings

Impossible to evoke Perigueux and to overlook its St Front cathedral, whose imposing figure always fascinated visitors. Standing at the top of a hill overlooking the Isle river, the Byzantine inspired church is built in a shape seldom seen in Western Europe – the Greek Cross plan topped by five domes. In 1852, architect Paul Abadie started gigantic works to save the monument from decay. In 1870, he won the contest for the construction of Paris Sacre-Coeur and drew his inspiration form the Perigueux Cathedral. On the road to Compostella, the cathedral is listed as a World Heritage Site like al the monuments on St James Way.
In September 2013, the Perigueux municipality launched works to rehabilitate the cathedral surroundings. The works covering 3,600 m2 were aimed at creating pedestrian sectors and adapt the access for the disabled while curbing the traffic.

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Vue panoramique de Périgueux © Dominique LOUISCathédrale Saint Front © Ville de PérigueuxSt Front Cathedral Perigueux seen from the green way © Ville de PérigueuxMarché © Ville de Périgueux
Stage town for the 3rd time
Dordogne (24)
Population : 31,300 inhabitants (Périgourdins)
Economy : food industry, university town, hotel school, tourism
Culture : Gallo-roman tower in Vésone, remains of the Roman amphitheatre, Mataguerre tower, château Barrière from the XII century, Saint-Front Cathedral, Church of Saint-Étienne-de-la-Cité, Gallo-Roman museum of Vesunna, Museum of Art and Archeology in Périgord, Military Museum of Périgord. Festivals: Mimos (festival of mime), International Cookbook fair, Sinfonia (festival of Baroque
music)
Sport : CAPD rugby (Fédérale 1). Events: petanque National, Gaz de France Open (women's international tennis tournament), les 100 tours des boulevards
(cycling), Half marathon, National showjumping
Specialities : Périgueux sauce (truffl e and foie gras), Périgueux pâté (foie gras and charcuterie truffl e in a pastry crust), nut cake, mushroom omelette, truffles
Sustainable Development : 5 km of cycle paths, 15 km of green lanes in the residential areas. Marianne d'or for sustainable development for the regeneration of the Gour-de-l'Arche area in 2013
Labels : Town of Art and History, 4 flowers, Child friendly town, tourist resort

Anquetil from start to finish

Perigueux and Bergerac were already twice linked by crucial time trials on the Tour de France in 1961 and 1964. The first one finished in town and saw Jacques Anquetil tighten his merciless grip on the race. Winner in the rain at 43.6 kph, the Frenchman held his promise to keep the yellow jersey from the first to the last day of racing. Without a puncture, Anquetil would probably have caught his closest rival, Luxembourg's Charly Gaul, who took advantage of the threat to clock a brilliant time and snatch second place, less than three minutes adrift. The performance helped Gaul take the second place overall away from Italy's Guido Carleso. In 1994, in the opposite direction, Miguel Indurain was just as impressive in his victory over Tony Rominger, whom he left more than two minutes behind. Perigueux is also the birthplace of Didier Virvaleix, who rode the 1991 Tour before starting a second career in road running.

Stage town for the 3rd time
Dordogne (24)
Population : 31,300 inhabitants (Périgourdins)
Economy : food industry, university town, hotel school, tourism
Culture : Gallo-roman tower in Vésone, remains of the Roman amphitheatre, Mataguerre tower, château Barrière from the XII century, Saint-Front Cathedral, Church of Saint-Étienne-de-la-Cité, Gallo-Roman museum of Vesunna, Museum of Art and Archeology in Périgord, Military Museum of Périgord. Festivals: Mimos (festival of mime), International Cookbook fair, Sinfonia (festival of Baroque
music)
Sport : CAPD rugby (Fédérale 1). Events: petanque National, Gaz de France Open (women's international tennis tournament), les 100 tours des boulevards
(cycling), Half marathon, National showjumping
Specialities : Périgueux sauce (truffl e and foie gras), Périgueux pâté (foie gras and charcuterie truffl e in a pastry crust), nut cake, mushroom omelette, truffles
Sustainable Development : 5 km of cycle paths, 15 km of green lanes in the residential areas. Marianne d'or for sustainable development for the regeneration of the Gour-de-l'Arche area in 2013
Labels : Town of Art and History, 4 flowers, Child friendly town, tourist resort

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Places to see

Tower of Vesunna

Built in the 2nd century, the tower, 24 metres high and 20 metres wide, is the central part of one of the largest round temples of the Roman Gaul. It is one of the remnants of Vesunna, the former Roman capital of the Petrocorians, a Gaul tribe living in the Dordogne region.

Jardin des Arènes (Bullring Garden)

The public garden, with its century-old trees, is equipped with ponds and playgournds for children. It is surrounded by the ruins of the Roman amphitheatre listed as a historical monument in 1840.

Vesunna site museum

In 1959, archaeological searches revealed vestiges of a richly decorated Roman villa (domus) with frescos and mosaics. Conceived by architect Jean Nouvel, the Vesunna museum protects the archaeological site listed in 1963 while displaying collections on the ancient city and the life of its inhabitants between the 1st and 3rd centuries.
www.perigueux-vesunna.fr          

Museum of Art and Archaeology

The Museum of Art and Archaeology of Perigueux is a great institution of the 19th century. The first museum created in Dordogne, it tells the history of visual arts in the region from ancient times to present days. With some 18,500 items, the pre-historical collection is considered as the fourth largest in France.
www.perigueux-maap.fr

Preserved sector

The preserved sector of Périgueux stretches over 21.5 ha. The area corresponds to the Medieval town and reflects the atmosphere in the merchant city until the Renaissance. Half-timber houses stand close to Romanesque buildings and Renaissance townhouses.

Tour of Vesunna © Ville de PérigueuxParc de Vesone © OTCA de PérigueuxVesunna site museum © Ville de PérigueuxPreserved sector of Périgueux © Dominique Louis / Aero-D-Clic
Stage town for the 3rd time
Dordogne (24)
Population : 31,300 inhabitants (Périgourdins)
Economy : food industry, university town, hotel school, tourism
Culture : Gallo-roman tower in Vésone, remains of the Roman amphitheatre, Mataguerre tower, château Barrière from the XII century, Saint-Front Cathedral, Church of Saint-Étienne-de-la-Cité, Gallo-Roman museum of Vesunna, Museum of Art and Archeology in Périgord, Military Museum of Périgord. Festivals: Mimos (festival of mime), International Cookbook fair, Sinfonia (festival of Baroque
music)
Sport : CAPD rugby (Fédérale 1). Events: petanque National, Gaz de France Open (women's international tennis tournament), les 100 tours des boulevards
(cycling), Half marathon, National showjumping
Specialities : Périgueux sauce (truffl e and foie gras), Périgueux pâté (foie gras and charcuterie truffl e in a pastry crust), nut cake, mushroom omelette, truffles
Sustainable Development : 5 km of cycle paths, 15 km of green lanes in the residential areas. Marianne d'or for sustainable development for the regeneration of the Gour-de-l'Arche area in 2013
Labels : Town of Art and History, 4 flowers, Child friendly town, tourist resort

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