Rouffignac Saint Cernin de Reilhac
Holidays at Rouffignac Saint Cernin de Reilhac by the tourist office of Dordogne-Perigord
If Rouffignac was telling me ...
This village, situated on the edge of the Barade forest, is on one of the highest hills in the Black Périgord. Encompassing hills, small valleys and impressive forests are around.
The architecture of Rouffignac is quite different from that of surrounding villages, the result of its tragic history in the Second World War. On the 31st March 1944 it was completely destroyed by incendiary bombs. Only the church with its portal dating from 1530 and perpendicular-style interior together with several nearby houses was spared. The village was entirely rebuilt in 1948.
Real anthem of the forest, the castle of l’Herm built at the end of the 15th century, after a series of terrible crimes committed there, was abandoned during long years.
The writer Eugene Leroy made it the scene of his classic Jacquou le Croquant (adapted in a serie tv in 1969, then a movie in 2007).
And now, it is open to the visit : a leaflet for children help to understand the history of it and numerous board are exposed along the visit.
It's also here you can visit La Grotte de Rouffignac, known as the Cave of the 100 Mammouths with 150 prehistoric cave paintings of mammouths dating from the middle and end of the Magdalenian era, i.e.11000 BC.
Leisure for everyone
Its market every sunday morning
Its gourmet market in july and august