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Saint-Céré

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Saint-Céré - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Lot
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The medieval town of Saint-Céré has successfully preserved its architectural heritage, with its old houses, its mansions and its beautiful Mercadial square featuring a fountain and surrounded by beautiful timber-framed stone residences. The River Bave, which crosses the city, bring an additional charm to the place. Near the old town of Saint-Céré stand the towers of Saint-Laurent, remains of the former castle of the Turenne viscounts. Saint-Laurent-les-Tours boasts today the Jean Lurçat workshop museum, a place entirely devoted to the works of the artist, from tapestry to cartoons through painting.

In July and August, the city of Saint-Céré hosts a classical and operatic music festival.

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Saint-Céré

Nestled between the Limargue, the Ségala and the causse of Gramat, Saint-Céré opens the doors of its city to you. It is a pleasant city, dotted with old stones that give it a special cachet and touching authenticity. Surrounded by lush nature, the city flourished under the dominion of the Saint Lawrence Towers, which were once its cradle. La Bave, a tributary of the Dordogne, devastated the houses several times in remote times. Since 1610, a Swedish engineer channeled the Bave into a network of canals which since then have not been spoken of, except in the obvious nickname of Saint-Céré, then called Little Venice. History has enabled the city to maintain a flourishing business activity over the centuries. Place of market and of fair impossible to circumvent, the city prospers. Wars, if they did not spare men, spared the monuments and the city prides itself on several buildings remarkable and preserved from the outrages of time. The gustative, natural and cultural pleasures are therefore on the program of Saint-Céré.

Things to see and do

The walk starts in Saint-Céré by the place of the Mercadial classified to Historical Monuments, as well as the fountain which throne in its center. On the outskirts, the House of Consuls of the 15th century draws its façade and when you enter it is a breathtaking painting exhibition awaiting you in this exceptional place, also classified. From the second half of the 15th century there is also the Hotel de Puymule. This medieval hotel, classified as a Historic Monument, was the residence of a consul. Its typical architecture allows to see a beautiful tower decorated with arcade. During your walk you can admire various timber-framed houses, the consular house or the Hotel de Miramon. The religious heritage is also remarkable with two churches registered in the Historic Monuments. Dating back to the 10th century, the church of Sainte-Spérie in the Romanesque style contains, among other things, a remarkable polychrome altarpiece from 1714. The Church of the Récollets of the XVIIth century is of classical style and includes a retable of the XVIIth century d ' A great wealth.

The surrounding countryside invites you to hike between undergrowth and rolling hills in a verdant landscape.

Do unusual visits tempt you? Go to the Louis2Verdal exhibition workshop. This exceptional artist mixes the materials and turns the machines into real works of art.

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Events and festivities

The fair of Saint-Céré takes place on Place de la République, Place Jean Jaurès and Place du Mercadial, on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. The flavors of the soil are present as well as a multitude of products, clothes, shoes or curtains. You will find everything you need on the many stands that take part in this event.

Late July-early August, opera lovers will be thrilled. The opera festival of Saint-Céré has become a reference for lovers of lyrical music. During 17 days, fifty artists follow one another on stage with no less than 15,000 spectators. A completely free festival allows the largest number of people to attend unforgettable operas.

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Saint-Céré Festival
The lyric art festival in the South-WestFrom 28 july to 13 august 2017

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Sculpture at the tourist office
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