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A land, a world

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A land, a world

A land, a world

Le Périgord-Limousin

Where pathes meet

It’s in the north, where the Aquitaine sedimentary basin and the Massif central’s crystalline basement meet, where the connection between geography and history is the most striking. Where Charente, Limousin and Périgord meet, Nontron stood before the revolution when it was under the rule of the Intendant of Guenne and the Diocese of Limoges. The Regional Natural Park Périgord-Limousin spans the north of Dordogne and the south of Haute-Vienne, and showcases the wealth and diversity of the so-called ‘Périgord Vert’ (Green Périgord).

The lakes in Busserolles, Saint-Estèphe and Saint-Saud-Lacoussière feature a number of leisure attractions. Not far from there, the dam in Miallet was built to contain a lake that feeds the Dronne whenever a drought occurs. In this area, you can still see the signs of struggles for power: the impressive tower in Piégut is the remains of a fort that Richard the Lionheart besieged. Jumilhac, a late-gothic château, still bears the hallmarks of the Nontron region’s cross-fertilisation. Varaignes is where Charentes’ distinctive pantoufles (slippers) come from, and home to the Atelier-Musée des Tisserands (weavers’ museum and workshop). The many forges sprinkled around this area show that it was one of the Kingdom of France’s foremost ironworking centres as early as the 16th century. The Couteau de Nontron, the knife with an engraved boxwood handle, encapsulates the fine skills of Périgord and Limousin craftsmen, and has earned them an outstanding reputation far beyond this region’s borders.

The capital, Nontron, is nestled under a hillside château. The Jardin des Arts, an amazing and original garden, is one of the city’s highlights. This city’s craft and manufacturing heritage prompted authorities to build the Pôle des Métiers d’Art, an institute charged with protecting and transmitting its ancestral skills.