Abbaye de Brantôme

The Dordogne

Brantôme’s most illustrious landmark is the former Benedictine Abbey, built and rebuilt from the 11th to 18th centuries and now occupied by the town hall. Look for the detached 11th-century Romanesque bell tower, built into the rock, and the oldest in the Limousin style. Next door is the Gothic church.

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2. Château de Bourdeilles

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6. St-Front Quarter

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7. Roman Amphitheatre

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8. Jardin des Arènes

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