Beaulieu sur Dordogne, "the Limousin Riviera

Medieval city built on the right bank of the Dordogne, on the borders of several provinces, Limousin, Auvergne and Quercy, Beaulieu sur Dordogne was nicknamed "the Limousin riviera" thanks to the mildness of its climate, which is favourable to the cultivation of the strawberry.

But one comes there first of all for its remarkable Benedictine abbey church of Saint-Pierre, founded in the 9th century by Rodolphe de Turenne, Archbishop of Bourges, whose portal, comparable to that of Moissac, is a masterpiece of Romanesque art representing the return of Christ at the end of time. It houses a rich treasure, a Virgin and Child from the 12th century, a champlevé enamel shrine from the 13th century and two reliquary arms from the end of the 13th century and a "lantern" reliquary from the 11th century of Byzantine origin.

In the alleys of Beaulieu sur Dordogne, you can admire the facades topped by turrets, decorated with medallions and cherubs, like the house of Adam and Eve...

The Penitents' Chapel and its wall-belfry is another treasure of the city and hosts temporary exhibitions.

Nearby, you can embark on the gabare "L'Adèle et Clarisse" from May to October, to relive the epic of the gabariers who came down to Libourne to deliver their loads of wood for the Bordeaux cooperage.

 

Beaulieu celebrates every 2nd Sunday of May the Gariguette Festival, a local specialty, and offers a producers' market, a writers' fair, gabare rides and a giant strawberry pie, 900 kilos of fruit for 8m in diameter!

 

Office du Tourisme

Place Marbot, 

19120 Beaulieu sur Dordogne

Tel : 05 55 91 09 94

info@vallee-dordogne.com

https://www.vallee-dordogne.com/la-vallee-de-la-dordogne/villes-et-villages/beaulieu-sur-dordogne

 

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A toutes les époques, les visiteurs anonymes ou célèbres comme Rodolphe de Turenne, André Malraux ou Francis Poulenc, ont été séduits par le charme et la beauté du site de Beaulieu : la Dordogne majestueuse s'étire ici dans un écrin de verdure. Un riche patrimoine architectural hérité d'une histoire millénaire, de la chapelle des Pénitents à l'abbatiale Saint-Pierre en passant par la "maison Renaissance" et des productions locales de qualité telles que la fraise et le vin paillé, perpétuent sa renommée. Pour la première fois, l'historien Frédéric Le Hech présente une synthèse, richement illustrée, sur le cheminement à travers les âges de ce beau "Pays bellocois". L'homme de Neandertal a apprivoisé cet espace, la vicomté de Turenne s'y est épanouie et la "Riviera limousine" lui offre aujourd'hui une nouvelle perspective de développement.

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