Puy Léveque vue des quaisPuy Léveque vue des quais
©Puy Léveque vue des quais|Agence Vent d'autan

Puy l’Évêque

Perched above the Lot

A medieval town in the Lot Valley, in the heart of the Cahors vineyards

Perched above the Lot, Puy l’Évêque is made up of a maze of narrow streets and stairs lined with beautiful gilded stone houses (Renaissance details on rue du Donjon, beautiful door on rue des Capucins, medieval sculptures on rue Saint-Sauveur… ) which go down to the slipway where the gabarres leaving for Bordeaux used to moor.

The ochre tint of the medieval façades is reflected in the waters of the Lot. The name of this little place, built up the side of a rocky spur on the right bank of the river, indicates its location (Puy comes from “pech”, meaning a high place).

An important mediaeval town

Puy l’Evêque was an important medieval town, which occupied a very strategic position in the Lot. Observing this picturesque village from the left bank of the Lot enables you to appreciate how important this town, climbing up in steps, and its port really were : amongst the busiest in the Lot Valley until the end of the 19th century.

From La place Georges Henry, you can walk alongside the Clédelles stream down to the former commercial quayside. The cross streets provide reminders of the economic activity of this old quarter turned towards the Lot : rue des cloutiers (nail-makers’ street), rue des teinturiers (dyers), rue des bateliers (boatmen)…inviting you to explore the many vestiges of its rich and distant past.

Right at the top of the town, two buildings stand out above the tiled roofs : the 13th century tower which must have been an integral part of the fortress, the rest of which has completely disappeared, and the imposing church of Saint-Sauveur dating from the 14th and 15th centuries, with its rib-vaulted Gothic nave.

More informations