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Montignac - Lascaux

The history of the city is combined with that of humanity. Indeed, Montignac was occupied from the palaeolithic and then colonized by the Romans villa Olivoux and Brenac. Prehistory mother has inherited of Lascaux cave, discovered on the 12th September 1940 and the deposit of the Regourdou.

In the early Middle Ages until the tenth century is attested to the existence of a fortress through marriage to the Count of Perigord in the next century and became an important stronghold. The latest counts, Archambaud V and VI, because of inequitable conduct, will have their property confiscated by a decree of the Parliament of Paris. Montignac back to Louis d'Orleans, brother of Charles VI, who, taken prisoner at Agincourt, the city sells to Jean de Blois to pay his ransom. Passed by marriage to the family of Albert, the castellany will remain until 1603, when Henri IV to the yields of François Hautefort lord of Thenon. Dismantled several times during the wars, the castle was destroyed in 1825.

However a tower and infrastructure. The city held a forum (linked to that of the fortress); pierced by three doors, one led to a bridge deck wooden Vezere crossed the face of the current street pegerie.
In 1580, The bridge had been burnt by Protestants to protect their pension, and was rebuilt and then carried away by floods in 1620. The current bridge, built between 1766 and 1777, replaced a kind of boat used for 150 years.

The town was composed of 2 former groups. On the right bank, the area took place to diocese of Périgueux and on the left bank, there was the Parish of Brenac and took place to the diocese of Sarlat. We Find some houses built on stilts on the medieval narrow streets. There are as well corbelled houses that enabled to have more space inner city. The Town has a wealth religious heritage  with the several Convents and the priory... Eugène le Roy, the author of « Jacqou le Croquant », the  moralist Joseph Joubert and the writer of fables Pierre Lachambaudie...are famous people of Montignac.

Montignac and its area offer numerous walking tours and several activities to entertain the public and get the culture accessible. For instance  the International Festival of Montignac and Documenterre Festival are important events in Montignac.

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Montignac ©Myriam.G