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Here is an old village, classified parmis the most beautiful villages of France. Whereas houses wind around the cliff, the castle, dominates the valley of its impressive bulwarks. He faces his old rival, Castelnaud, hung on the other bank of the Dordogne. (See the map: click here)

To see:

Go to the castle, the stroll in alleys in the enormous pavements between noble houses the beautiful stone of which changes ceaselessly color, following the whims of the setting sun...

The castle of Beynac: one of the most filmed also (Joan of Arc, the Visitors 2) is one of the sites the most visited by the region. Acquired in pathetic state in 1961 by its current owner, M.Grosso, who patiently rehabilitated it, it imposes upon all the valley since its 150m of height. In the interieur of the castle, we visit the immense arched room of diagonal ribs, as well as the kitchen (reorganized partially by the decorators of Luc Besson) and a room of weapon. The panorama since the summit of the donjon is exceptional. The visit ends under a barbacane.

- The archaeological park: life-size Reconstruction of environments of the Neolithic at the iron age, with their workshops. Days of experimental archaeology every year with Easter and educational workshops on Wednesdays in summer.

Demonstration :

At musical nights of Beynac-en-Périgord: one week in July. Concert of chamber music in the church of Beynac or around. Information to the tourist information office.

Big Gallic fair on August 13,14th and 15th, in the archaeological park..

Fireworks on August 15th.

History :

The cavities of the cliff are misleading, contrary to Roque-Gageac, it trés occasionally were occupied only. The village really establishes only in 1th century BC. But it is 12th Century, with the construction of the castle, when the village becomes important from a strategic point of view. The Dordogne making a right angle, it was easy to watch the traffic from the fortress. Beynac establishes then with Biron, Bourdeilles and Mareuil, one of four baronies of Périgord. Richard "Coeur de Lion" invests the castle at the end with 12th Century, the castle is confided to sinister Mercadier, captain of weapons whose bands plunder the region for England. In 1214, Simon de Montfort, the champion of the crusade against the Cathar heresy, having seized the castle with his usual violence, begins his dismantling to satisfy in an a little exaggerated way the complaints of the archbishop of Bordeaux and the complaints of the abbot of Sarlat. The Lord of Beynac, reconstructed the castle such as it reached us.

During the One hundred years war, the Dordogne marks the limit of the English and French influences: Beynac, in the hands of the English people in 1360, then French in 1368, and Castelnaud (opposite) under English dominion, exchange skirmishes and helps.

At feet of the fortress of Beynac, the village, organized in districts of craftsmen (the barris) joining on the port, lives on the traffic of lighters, which stop to Beynac in their long road towards Bergerac and Ambès. The business, the fishing, the agriculture, the culture of the hemp and the building industry (work of the stone and the wood) remain prosperous of the Revolution in the middle of 19th Century. The invention of the railroad will sound the end of the story.

August 15th, 1827, hamlet of Cazenac, situated in 5 km, is connected with Beynac by prefectorial decision, ratified by a royal decree.




Black Périgord