Images en cours de chargement
The Church and the castle above the village of Beynac|Photo Manfred HeydeThe Château de Beynac|Photo Gentil HibouOur Lady of the assumption Church dominates the Dordogne|Photo Père IgorA lane of Beynac-et-Cazenac|Photo Sigfrid LópezAlley that connects the lower town to the Castle|Photo Sur les ailes du mondeThe Archaeological Park of Beynac|Photo Sarlat Tourisme

More labeled "beautiful Village of France.

Beynac Castle (12th century) belongs to the best preserved and most famous in the region, it overlooks the Dordogne River and dominates Beynac-et-Cazenac. Labeled bourg "Most beautiful Village of France" has kept its medieval atmosphere with its old streets and plots paved to the former, its houses with lauze roofs and facades blondes and the chevalier tower built in the 13th century.

Brief summary of history

In 1194, Ademar, son of Mainard, died without descendant. Richard Coeur de Lion, Overlord of the lands of the southwest of France, offer the castle to Marx, one of these faithful companions in arms. The death of the new Lord, the field becomes possession of the Beynac family.

During the crusade against the Albigensians, Simon de Montfort, after having conquered the County of Toulouse, decides to take the fortress. The Lord of Beynac, offers no resistance and proclaims his loyalty to the King of France. Philippe Auguste therefore spared the Castle and renders to the Beynac. In 1442, Pons de Beynac, supported by other barons and the King of France, definitely takes the fortress of Castelnaud and hunting the English. Beynac became one of the four baronies of Périgord.

The Château de Beynac

The Château de Beynac (12th - 13th century) is a medieval building of austere allure. The Castle has the shape of an irregular quadrilateral extended South by a stronghold in the outcrop. Severe Dungeon, topped with battlements, dates from the 13th century, overlooking the Dordogne of 150 metres.

Religious monuments

Saint-Martial Church was built in the 12th and 15th centuries. It has a beautiful slate roof and a beautiful retable of 17th century.

Our Lady of the assumption Church was built in the 12th century. Inside a Chair from the 17th century as well as a monumental altarpiece of the same era.

The Archaeological Park of Beynac

The Archaeological Park invites to share the daily life of early farmers and metallurgists from the Neolithic to the Gallic (6000 in 52 BC) period. We view their houses, dolmen shrine gate fortified, attic, ovens. Workshops of tailors, potters, weavers, blacksmiths are in working condition.
Archaeological Park - Bourg, 24220 Beynac-et-Cazenac - Tel. + 33 (0) 5 53 29 51 28.

Useful information :

Address :
24220 Beynac-et-Cazenac

Good to know :
Office of tourism of Sarlat Périgord Noir 3, rue Tourny, Sarlat-la-Canéda 24203, Tel. + 33 (0) 5 53 31 45 45

Free of charge. Guided tour.

Where to stay:

All accommodation