Monpazier

Monpazier

Monpazier

Monpazier is a classic bastide
town. With a grid of streets
and alleyways within its
ramparts, it is also one of the
most attractive in southwest
France. Founded in 1284 by
Edward I, king of England,
Monpazier has remained
almost unchanged for 800
years, although only three of
its original six fortified gates
still stand. It has been used
as a medieval location for
several films. Its picturesque
central square is lined with
arcades that are filled with
shops. The square also has a
16th-century covered market, which still contains some
antique grain measures.
Monpazier is the birthplace of
the writer and explorer Jean
Galmot (1879–1928).

 

Environs
17km (10 miles) southeast of
Monpazier, lies Villefranchedu-
Périgord, a bastide town,
established in 1261 at the
meeting point of the Périgord,
Quercy and Agenais. Every
autumn, it hosts a famous
cèpes (boletus) market. This
takes place in the town’s
covered market area, which
still has antique grain
measures. Attractive arcaded
houses stand opposite this
market. The oak forests
nearby are a pleasant place
to take a walk.
A few kilometres further
along the D57 lies Besse, a
village with a splendid fortified
church. The single-walled bell
tower has an 11th-century
doorway, with three archivolts
that are covered with carvings
of mythological animals.

 

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