Montfort & Domme

Montfort

Chateau de Montfort

Chateau de Montfort

Montfort is a small village about 4km from Carsac. It’s Main attraction is the famous Chateau de Montfort that sits on a rocky ledge on a cliff, overlooking the Cingle de Montfort (Montfort Meander) on the Dordogne River.

A cathar, Bernard de Casnac, lived in the chateau, and swore to ‘cut into pieces all the catholics in the region’. Casnac attracted the attention of Simon de Montfort, who seized the castle and removed Casnac. The chateau was then razed to the ground by Simon de Montfort in 1214.

It was later rebuilt, then destroyed three more times by Louis XI and Henri IV.

It is said that the daughter of Casnac was burned to death at Montfort, and that her ghost still haunts the chateau.

Attractions

As stated above, the main attraction of Montfort is the chateau, however you cannot venture inside as it is privately owned. It is worth just taking a short walk around the town, but there is not much else. There is a small shop and a restaurant with a good view, just across the road from the Chateau.

Rooftops

Rooftop

Montfort

Montfort

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Domme

Domme is a small bastide (fortified) town, sat high on a hill on the Dordogne river, 8km south of Sarlat. Due to it’s high position, Domme boasts fantastic views over the river. Domme was founded was founded by Philip the Bold in 1281, and changed hands several times between the English and the French during the Hundred Years War.

Entrance to Domme

Entrance to Domme

The entrance to the town is a large fortified gate. The towers at each side served as prisons (see entrance photo left).

The mainstreet is on a hill, with several tourist shops. The buildings are a yellowy colour (similar as described in Sarlat info, Also, see photos below).

Attractions

In the centre at the top of the hill, there are several restaurants, a museum, and the entrance to the Domme caves in the middle of the square.

The views from the centre of town are fantastic, offering a panorama over the countryside and the river (see photo below).

Domme’s caves, the Grottes de Domme, have been used in the past to shelter the town’s inhabitants during the Hundred Years’ War, though the upper part was only just discovered in 1954. There are more than 400 metres of stalactite filled galleries, and at the end of the tour, a glass lift takes you back up to the surface.

Below are several images from a recent visit. Click on the thumbnails for a larger photo.

Puppet

Puppet

Sidestreet

Sidestreet

Streets of domme

Mainstreet of Domme

Centre of Domme

Centre of Domme

View over Domme

View over Domme

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References: Some information taken from –

http://www.francethisway.com/mbv-domme.php
http://www.northofthedordogne.com/domme.php

http://www.francethisway.com/places/chateaudemontfort.php

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