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Top travel locations to visit in Sarlat

Sarlat, France is an incredible historical travel destination. What can you see in Sarlat and Dordogne area? Before you enter this 12th-century byzantine romanesque cathedral you have to approach it from Pont des Barris, and look across to see its crowd of domes and towers almost competing with each other. It’s no shock that this magnificent church is a UNESCO site, and with its byzantine-style Greek cross plan and many cupolas it hardly looks like few other churches in France – except, of course, for the Sacre-Coeur in Paris, which borrowed several design cues. Under each of these five domes is a set of chandeliers that were used in the marriage of Napoleon III and Eugenie de Montijo, and later brought here.

Another market well worth a visit is the indoor market at Eglise Sainte-Marie. Enter through the gigantic steel doors, and you’ll see stalls piled high with everything from spicy saucisson to local St-Nectaire cheese. Don’t forget to look out for the church’s main attraction; a glass lift that rises up through bell tower to reveal breathtaking views over the rooftops of Sarlat and beyond.

Ecomusee de la Truffe, Sorges: A 30-minute drive north of Perigueux is the Dordogne’s self-proclaimed truffle capital. Its museum ( unravels the mysteries behind the black Perigord truffle – sold fresh in season for around €900 (£680) per kg. Buy pear and truffle jam, green tomato and truffle chutney, truffle mustard, honey and ice cream in its boutique. End with a walk along the Sentier des Truffieres, a 1.8-mile, truffle-rich trail that winds through vineyards, walnut plantations and meadows.

Looking for Sarlat hotel? All the streets, squares and palaces recount centuries of history. It was during the Middle Ages that Sarlat reached the rank of bishopric. This title and the important commercial activity of the city was at origin of the existence of the many fairs that still survive today. All this activity turned this small town into what we discover today: a museum of palaces of Renaissance and Gothic style, where merchants wanted to demonstrate their power, despite not possessing titles of nobility. The medieval town of Sarlat developed around a large benedictine abbey whose church, half a century later, would become the cathedral of the diocese. It reached its apogee in the 13th century when it counted 5,000 inhabitants. It was in year 937 when the abbey became part of the Cluny order. Read extra info on