Découvrez le patrimoine

Discover Montignac-sur-Vézère's cultural heritage. This village in Périgord Noir lies in the limestone landscape of the Vézère Valley and occupies both sides of the river below the castle and facing the famous Lascaux Cave hill.

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Landscape, garden and agricultural heritage

This video clip allows you to place Montignac in the geographical and landscape context of the Vézère Valley, which was formed by the erosion of limestone plateaus. It also explores the interaction between humans and their environment.

Landscape, garden and agricultural heritage

In this interview, Geneviève Pinçon, director of the National Centre for Prehistory, describes the exceptional richness of the Vézère Valley’s prehistoric sites and decorated caves, which are registered as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Houses, mansions and dwellings

With this audio guide, you can spend a few minutes in this distinctive 18th-century manor house, which is now listed as a Historical Monument.


Vous êtes devant une stèle dédiée à Joseph Joubert (1754-1824), moraliste et essayiste français originaire de Montignac.

Laquelle de ces citations n’est pas de lui ?

Religious buildings and communities

This 19th-century building replaced the ancient church of the bourg castral, the western doorway of which can still be seen. This audio guide will also tell you about the third church located outside the village.


Here, you can delve into the medieval origins of Montignac castle and its lively history during the Hundred Years’ War, until it was transferred to the Albret family in the 15th century.


Pick up the history of the castle right from where we left off. With a video, you can discover the various transformations that gave the castle its current appearance, from construction linked to the French Wars of Religion to more recent additions.

Arrangement of public space

Situated at the north-east exit of the town of Montignac are the remains, now buried, of a dynamic Gallo-Roman settlement. This film explains its size by showing excavated finds and CGI restorations.


Cette rue portait le nom de l’écrivain Eugène Le Roy. Savez-vous quel genre de romans il écrivait ?

Know-how and materials

To understand the construction of Montignac and the entire Vézère Valley, on a larger scale, this video deals with the different materials used here for the masonry and coverings of buildings.

Arrangement of public space

In this video, discover the structure of the fortified medieval village (bourg castral) of Montignac that was under the protection of the castle and learn how its extension outside the wall made up the foundation for the current town on the two banks of the Vézère.

Arrangement of public space

Montignac very soon stretched to the two banks of the Vézère river, thanks to its medieval bridge. After its destruction, there was a wait of almost 200 years before the current bridge was built in the 18th century and was capable of withstanding the river’s violent floods. This is the story being told in this series of images.


Cette maison est à tort appelée « Maison forte d’Albret », en référence à l’illustre famille qui fut propriétaire de la Châtellenie de Montignac aux 15ème et 16ème siècles. Savez-vous de quel roi de France Jeanne d’Albret fut la mère ?

Houses, mansions and dwellings

This a building that is entirely out of the ordinary in Montignac: a Palladian-style villa built right at the start of the 19th century. Listen to the story of this unusual structure.

Religious buildings and communities

You find yourself in front of two of the oldest buildings in Montignac: Saint Jean hospital and its chapel, which became a church before being deconsecrated. Discover these two buildings in this audio series.

Religious buildings and communities

Now we stop for a few moments for the story of the former convent established in the 14th century for the Order of Saint Clare.

Painting, tapestry and fire arts

Naturally, we could not end this tour of Montignac without talking about Lascaux. In this video interview, Thierry Félix, the first guide at Lascaux II, tells us the story of the discovery of the most famous decorated cave in the world in this little village of Périgord.

Painting, tapestry and fire arts

In this clip, we discover how the preservation of the original cave was endangered and what solutions were found to give the public the opportunity to once again see this exceptional collection of painted and engraved works by our homo sapiens ancestors.

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