Pays d'art Vézère Ardoise
Vézère Ardoise Country of art

This multimedia route invites you to discover the land’s heritage and artistic treasures as well as the skills of craftsmen who perpetuate activities that have taken place here for a very long time.

2h
13km
Steps
Departure :
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Defensive constructions

This video introduces you to the 13th century Caesar tower. Thanks to reproductions and drawings, you will understand its initial structure.

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Know-how and materials

The presence of slates on Allassac’s rooftops is linked to the town’s slate quarrying and carving activity. Slate is everpresent undergound, in and around Allassac. Discover this activity by listening to an interview of Jean-François Bugeat, a slate-worker whose comapny is located in both Allassac and Donzenac.

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Houses, mansions and dwellings

This audioguide sequence introduces the tower manor, a 16th century building which is now home to the Vézère Ardoise Art and History land.
 

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Religious buildings and communities

With its two 12th century Romanesque doorways and its fortified stair tower, Allassac church attracts many visitors. This sequence will show you its main features.

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Objects of religious art

The church houses several remarkable pieces of furniture, and particularly a great 17th century sculpted wooden altarpiece, as well as a pulpit, presented by this audioguide.

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Buildings and public life

The history of medieval Le Saillant bridge, which connects the town of Allassac, on the left river bank, to Voutezac, on the right.

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Religious buildings and communities, Objects of religious art

Le Saillant chapel is linked to the nearby castle, owned by the Lasteyrie du Saillant family. Learn about its history thanks to this audioguide and discover the surprising Notre Dame de Laurette, hidden inside the chapel.

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Painting, tapestry and fire arts, Contemporary creation

Le Saillant chapel is special because it is entirely decorated with stained-glass windows designed by Marc Chagall. This audioguide explains the context in which they were created.

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Painting, tapestry and fire arts, Contemporary creation

Now that you are aware of the context in which they were created, you are ready to find out the meaning of these stained-glass windows by Marc Chagall, as well as the technical secrets involved. This video is quite detailed and shows elements which are not visible, unless pointed out.

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On the right, you can see le Saillant castel. It was built in the 15th century and revised later. His roof is supported by corbels, remains of ancient defensive elements. Do you know what elements ?

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Landscape, garden and agricultural heritage

The area’s hills and climate are ideal for vineyards, which have been growing here for many years. Discover the history and specificity of le Saillant vineyards thanks to this filmed interview of wine-grower, René Maury.

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Religious buildings and communities

Learn about the architecture of Saint-Viance church, whose oldest part dates back to the 12th century, thanks to this audio sequence.

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Objects of religious art, Painting, tapestry and fire arts

A remarkable 13th century enamelled shrine and holy oil container can be found in Saint Viance church. Discover these two gorgeous objects thanks in this video, before you get a chance to actually visit the church and see them “for real”!

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Know-how and materials, Painting, tapestry and fire arts

This short documentary tells you all about the champlevé enamel technique. This particular skill was a Limoges speciality during the middle ages.

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Buildings and public life

Relive the adventure linked to the construction of this bridge, thanks to this audioguide, which also explains how people used to cross the river, before the bridge was built.

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Landscape, garden and agricultural heritage

Wicker-farming and basket-making prospered greatly in the area in 19th century up until World War 2. The activity owes its revival to Serge Mazaud, whom you will discover in this video interview

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