Bergerac Dordogne

Bergerac in the Dordogne, the center of the Purple Perigord, and until 1790 the capital of the Perigord. During the Hundred Years War was a true Bergerac Huguenot stronghold. After the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, many Huguenots fled to the Netherlands in particular. It was a real commercial city. The freight Dordogne for exports made the city name until transport by rail and road development came. The wine culture gave the city a great prestige. Especially the white wines of Chateau de Monbazillac were famous. It is the French capital of the tobacco. Of course the city is also known by the play by Edmond Rostand (1897) on Cyrano de Bergerac (1620-1655). A Parisian who takes the title of Lord of Bergerac add-appropriated. Around 14 July each year the Table de Cyrano organized the festival dedicated to all the delights of the Périgord and around August 15th the feast of Roxane, and you understand that this is only for wonderful food. Known as staging point for the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. The special is that unlike most major cities, Bergerac not imposing church or castle. Yet Bergerac definitely worth a visit. It is a happy town, lots of flowers and fine shops housed in old buildings. Old streets as if in an open air around.

  • Musee d’Art Sacre, full of religious pieces.
  • Musée du Vin de Batellerie et de la Tonnellerie, an explanation tonnenmakerij the wines from the region, transport over the river called gaberes (river boats sank and were taken apart by horse and wagon back upstream to be placed) and an impression on the history of viticulture in the area.
  • Cloître, Convent des Récollets, a former convent that now serves as the meeting of the Consuls de la Vinee. The complex has an enclosed courtyard with arcades from the 16th and 18th centuries. A hall with a splendid view of Chateau de Monbazillac and Salle de Degustation (tasting room) and an oenological laboratory. After the tour follows a free tasting at the Maison des Vins.
  • Maison des Vins, in a 12th-century building overlooking the hills of Monbazillac. which also explains and sale of Bergerac wines possible.
  • Musée du Tabac, located in Maison Peyrarède. The history surrounding smoking (large pipe collection), photographs and prints, explanation about the cultivation, trade and use in the garden and over 1100 different tobacco plants. The most special text in the museum is the sign that says “Défense de fumer” or forbidden to smoke. And this is serious.
  • Église Notre-Dame, the slender spire of the tower is already far beyond Bergerac to see. Built in neo-Gothic style.