Sarlat, the heart of the Périgord Noir. Also called the pearl of the Périgord. An absolute tourist center. Originally a simple Gallo-Roman settlement, where the 9th-century Benedictine monastery was established. From this monastery, the city has developed into a prosperous city in the Middle Ages. The city between 1450 and 1500 a very prosperous period made. Date from this period many houses in Sarlat. In the early years of 1960 was a dilapidated town of Sarlat. Thanks to the heritage preservation was introduced in France is the city on the urgency list and in the course of the past decades restored. The entire town is a monument in itself.
A few of the sights:
- Many houses built in the 14th-18th centuries including tm Hôtels (big houses, small palaces) and many half-timbered houses, small squares and large squares, gate arches and massive oak doors. Your nose go into the maze of narrow streets is the advice.
- Hôtel de Maleville, arise from three medieval houses in the Renaissance style, where the Office du Tourisme is located.
- Place de la Liberté, the square in the center, beautiful facades many terraces and from here a wealth of discoveries. It is also the square where in summer the theater festival is held.
- Ancienne Eglise Ste.-Marie, a parish church from the 14th to 15th-century partially demolished, located on the Place de la Liberté.
- Maison de la Boétie, early 16th century, inspired by the Italian Renaissance, the father of Etienne de la Boetie, politician and writer and a great citizen of Sarlat.
- Cathédrale Saint-Sacerdos, between 1317 and 1790 with a cathedral episcopal seat. As busy as the center of Sarlat is a haven of peace and coolness found in the cathedral. The area around the church is interesting, the old buildings opposite the church and behind the church cemetery with tombstones from the 12th to 15th century. On the hill behind the cathedral a phenomenon Lanterne des Morts.
- Lanterne des Morts, a conical tower built whose purpose is not clear. However, it has been discovered that the ground floor served as dead chapel.
- Musee Aquarium in different aquariums including the fauna of the Dordogne, and other related topics.
- Musée Automobile, here you will find the history of the French especially automobiles.