Montignac - Lascaux
Holidays at Montignac-Lascaux by the tourist office of Dordogne
A little history of Montignac
The history of the city is combined with that of humanity.
Indeed, Montignac was occupied from the Paleolithic and then colonized by the Romans : villas of Olivoux (at Le Chambon) and Brenac bear witness to this occupation.
The presence of a fortress is attested from the early Middle Ages until the tenth century. The Count of Perigord inherited it by marriage in the next century and the fortress became an important stronghold. The last Counts, Archambaud V and VI, will have their property confiscated by a decree of the Parliament of Paris because of their inequitable conduct. Montignac went back to Louis d'Orleans, brother of Charles VI, who was taken prisoner at Agincourt. The city was sold to Jean de Blois to pay his ransom. Passed by marriage to the family of Albret, the castellany remained their property until 1603, when Henri IV gave it to François de Hautefort, lord of Thenon. Dismantled several times during the wars, the castle was destroyed in 1825. However a tower and infrastructure still remain.
In 1580, the bridge was burnt by Protestants, rebuilt a first time and then carried away by floods in 1620. The current bridge, built between 1766 and 1777, replaced the "bac" : a kind of boat used for 150 years to cross the river.
The town is composed of two parts. On the right bank, the area belonged to the diocese of Périgueux and on the left bank, the parish of Brenac belonged to the diocese of Sarlat. One can find houses built on stilts in the medieval narrow streets. The town has a religious heritage with several convents and the priory...
Eugène le Roy, the author of « Jacquou le Croquant », the moralist Joseph Joubert and the writer of fables Pierre Lachambaudie are famous people of Montignac.
Activities for everyone
The city contains one of the jewels of cave art : Lascaux cave. You will be able to visit 200 meters of the original cave reproduced in the first facsimile, named "Lascaux 2", which opened its doors on July 18, 1983. And since December 2016, Lascaux-Center International of parietal art, a complete replica, retraces the discovery of the famous ornate cave.
Not far from the original cave, come to discover the prehistoric site of Le Regourdou with its sinkhole, deposit, living bear park, and museum. You will make a fascinating trip in the past, to discover the Neanderthal man.
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A lively village
Plenty of events all along the year :
march : the day of trees, woods and flowers
april : photography festival "Clic Clac"
july : the International Festival of Montignac (dance and world music)
july to october : Festival of the Black Périgord (classic music)
september : "Festival de la Récup" (eco festival)
novembre : Documenterre Festival (ecological movies festival) and "Les Contes du Lébérou" (old perigordian stories told by a specialist of our region)