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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.