Monestier is a common South-West located in the Dordogne, in the heart of purple Périgord, about 20 km from Bergerac.
Monestier enjoys a pleasant by nature, on the wine route between St Emilion and Monbazillac. It is also in the canton of Sigoulès, which includes 11 towns and belongs to the Land of the Great Bergerac.
Several elements discovered in its territory, as Celtic axes and flints, prove the existence of human life from prehistoric times to Monestier. During the construction of its present church, mosaics and pottery fragments were also discovered, stating that the parish existed in the fifth century.
The first title mentioning Monestier date of 1053. Since that time, there was in this place a convent.
The oscillating village between wood, scattered hamlets, vineyards and meadows, also has a unique cultural heritage that you can visit during a ride. The current town gathers in fact the former parishes of Monestier, St. Croix, seams, Lenville and La Bastide.
Among the best sights include the Saint-Michel Monestier church, the Holy Cross Church seams, Castle Tower or the Vigiers.
The town of Monestier has many attractions for visitors seeking cultural discovery and beautiful scenery.
While strolling through the town of Monestier, take time to visit St. Michael's church. The church of Romanesque architecture, built in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, replaced the church built in the seventeenth century, which was in ruins.
Parish Monestier is probably one of the oldest parishes in the canton of Sigoulès. The town still retains many buildings bearing witness to its rich history, as the four churches.
Admire the façade of the Holy Cross Church dating from the sixteenth century, abandoned during the Revolution and rebuilt in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Within the town, La Bastide is a hamlet which has preserved the original layout of the mansion. It was founded around 1284 by the officers of the king of England. The village of La Bastide has also retained some of its cutlery.
Another great site to discover Monestier, Castle Tower. This noble den on a hillside near the village was originally a fortress built in the thirteenth century to monitor the valley. Became a vineyard, include exploring the red and white wines of high quality.
The Château des Vigiers will surprise you by the quality of its imposing architecture. It is originally a fief created by Louis XIV, built between 1597 and 1620 for a cadet of the house of Vigier of St. Martin. After the Revolution, the castle belongs to the family of the Pont du Chambon.
Near the Holy Cross church, stop to admire the monastery of La Bouzely, former home of Vidal, the Segur and Teyssandier. This former noble lair is also known under the name of Montvert. The central body of the building consists of three equal spans between two wings. It is covered with round and flat tile roof. The rear facade is adorned with vines.
For nature lovers, 3 loops of marked hiking you will discover Monestier and hamlets: the seam loop 8 km, Monestier of the town 5 km loop and loop La Bastide 7 km.
In September, the castle of Vigiers, in collaboration with Cine- Passion team organizes Cinema Classic Car Rally, a car rally in the heart of the Dordogne. This event aims to discover the emblematic places of the Southwest, its history, its landscapes and gastronomy, through the prism of film shoots. On two days, you will enjoy a new adventure, combining the madness of bitumen, the scenic beauty and the charms of the castle of Vigiers. Beautiful old cars will be honored and will parade on the roads of the Dordogne. Throughout the course, Château des Vigiers in Saint -Émilion, through castles and Sanxet Lanquais, quizzes and many surprises await visitors.