Périgueux attractions

Top Choice Museum in Périgueux

Musée Gallo-Romain Vesunna

Part of the park that contains the Tour de Vésone, this sleek museum designed by French architect Jean Nouvel encompasses a 1st-century Roman domus (townhouse) uncovered in 1959. Light floods in through the glass-an…
Top Choice Cathedral in Périgueux

Cathédrale St-Front

Périgueux’ most distinctive landmark is most notable for its five creamy Byzantine tower-topped domes (inspired by either St Mark’s Basilica in Venice or the church of the Holy Apostles of Constantinople, depending …
Area in Périgueux

St-Front Quarter

North of the cathedral is this fabulous tangle of cobblestone streets lined with medieval houses. The best examples are along rue du Plantier, rue de la Sagesse, rue de la Miséricorde and rue Aubergerie; many are ma…
Ruins in Périgueux

Roman Amphitheatre

The ruins of the city’s amphitheatre, designed to hold more than 20,000 baying spectators, was one of the largest such structures in Gaul. Today the tops of the arches have been revealed and embrace a peaceful park …
Museum in Périgueux

Musée d’Art et d’Archéologie du Périgord

The city’s museum displays fine Roman mosaics, prehistoric scrimshaw, medieval stonework from the Cathédrale St-Front, and interesting art (mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries).
Ruins in Périgueux

Tour de Vésone

This 24.5m-high cella (inner shrine) is the last remaining section of a massive 2nd-century Gallo-Roman temple dedicated to the local goddess Vesunna.
Historic Building in Périgueux

Galerie Daumesnil

Galerie Daumesnil is a series of linked courtyards within 15th- to 17th-century townhouses.
Historic Building in Périgueux

Maison du Pâtissier

The façade of the 15th-century Maison du Pâtissier is elaborately carved.
Church in Périgueux

Église St-Étienne de la Cité

The Église St-Étienne de la Cité was built in the 11th century on the site of the Roman temple to Mars. Périgueux’ cathedral until 1669, it only has two of its original four powerfully built domed bays (each differe…
Park in Périgueux

Jardin des Arènes

The verdant Jardin des Arènes in the rejuvenated ruins of the city's Roman amphitheatre attract locals and visitors alike. Kids play in the fountain, students read on the benches and couples stroll in the sunshine.