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Carennac

Jewel of the Dordogne Valley

One of the « Most Beautiful Villages in France », which epitomises the good life.

You have to follow the banks of the Dordogne to find the village of Carennac, designated one of the most beautiful villages in France, which has lost nothing of its medieval inspiration. It is the foundation of a priory by the powerful abbey of Cluny in 1047 which marked its destiny. From the 13th century, the town developed around its rich priory made up of monastic buildings, a church, a cloister…

Classified "Pays d'Art et d'Histoire"

In Carennac, in the heart of the Dordogne valley, the houses have kept their sculpted windows, the Romanesque church and its 12th century tympanum, the Deans’ castle is the memory of the history and art of the place and the 11th century. The Clunisian priory hasn’t forgot anything of the time when it was home to Fénelon. Towers and tall chimneys fully emphasize the elegance of a village which is part of an Area of Art and History.

Relive the era of boatmen

Carennac testifies to the epic of the boatmen on the Dordogne who descended the river aboard “gabares”. These flat-bottomed boats transported wood to Bordeaux and then brought up salt, wine and exotic foodstuffs. Christian Signol also set the scene for his trilogy “La rivière Espérance” brought to the small screen in the summer of 1995 by Josée Dayan.

Don’t miss :
  • The 11th century Church of Saint Pierre and its carved tympanum
  • The half Romanesque half late Gothic cloister
  • The Chapter Room with a 15th century stone sculpture of the Entombment
  • The Château des Doyens (Deans’ Residence)