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Turenne

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Turenne - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Corrèze
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A former viscountcy now registered on the list of the most beautiful villages in France, the town of Turenne has kept many traces of its rich medieval past: the 13th-century castle, the Seneschal's house, the Mauriolles door and the Canons' house are among the remarkable reminders of its history.

Lovers of old buildings can't fail to be thrilled by a walk around the village, along the steep, narrow streets lined with pretty houses that will lead you up to the majestic castle perched on top of the hill. The fiefdom of the Lords of Turenne, this historic monument is open to any visitors wishing to explore its imposing remains. You are greeted by two high towers separated by a magnificently flowery garden: the Treasure tower, an old 14th-century keep housing a lovely guardroom with a pointed arch vault; and the Caesar tower, an old 13th-century watchtower which offers a superb view over the surrounding green countryside from the top of its spiral staircase.

Further down from the castle, you can discover the Capuchins' monastery chapel, now restored and used as an exhibition space, and the 17th-century Collegiate Church of Our Lady of St. Pantaleon, with its magnificent gilded wood altarpiece from 1678, 19th-century coloured windows and porch bell tower standing over 30 metres tall.

Located at the heart of the Corrèze causse on the Way of St. James, at the crossroads of the GR46 and the GR480, the village of Turenne is also the starting point or a waypoint for hikers.

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Turenne

Turenne superb medieval village is located 15 km south of Brive la Gaillarde and is one of the most beautiful villages of France.

Until 1738 the Vicomte de Turenne stretched over one third of the lower Limousin, Quercy and high Perigord Sarlat. There were then about 100 000 inhabitants, 111 parishes and 1 200 villages. The construction of the castle lasted about 4 centuries. Turenne has seen a succession four families in eight centuries (984 to 1738). In 1738, Turenne is sold to Louis 15th to 4 200 000 pounds to repay debts games Charles Godfrey of Bouillon, the last of the Viscounts of La Tour d'Auvergne (which was excerpted Marshal Turenne). Thus ends the quasi-independence of the last French stronghold. The Viscomtins, became subjects of Louis XV, were forced to tax and the king ordered the dismantling of the fortress. In this long period display, a set of beautiful villages around Turenne make a kind of capital.

Things to see and do

The medieval village descends in cascades of the hill, it is ranked among the most beautiful villages in France. It is a city landscape in the center of a green area.

The castle, with its two towers (the Treasury Tower and the Tower Caesar separated by the Great Garden Browsers), can be visited throughout the year.

The village kept its medieval structure. Most of the houses are mansions, because the city was the capital of a quasi-independent territory, a sort of state within a state. The village still retains its structure Protestant in its lower part.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Hot air balloon trip
Nature and the great outdoors215 € to 585 € Turenne

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Overview
Overview
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Turenne The village
Turenne The village
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Turenne General view
Turenne General view
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A village street
A village street
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Castle of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries
Castle of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries
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Caesar Tower and clock tower
Caesar Tower and clock tower
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Clock Tower
Clock Tower
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Village Entrance
Village Entrance
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