The former fiefdom of the Counts of Turenne, the medieval village of Collonges-la-Rouge, nestling some twenty kilometres to the south of Brive-la-Gaillarde, surrounded by peaceful, green countryside planted with chestnut and walnut trees, will enchant you with its picturesque charm and its famous red sandstone.
From the old grain and wine hall built in the 16th century to the magnificent houses with thackstone and slate roofs, through the Flat Gate (Porte Plate) and the fortified church, you're sure to be won over by the beauty of this famous Corrèze town with its twenty-five towers. Lovers of beautiful stone buildings can enjoy a stroll along its pleasant streets lined with smart façades. A genuine journey through time, a walk around the village will not only show you the remarkable Church of St. Peter, with its splendid 12th-century tympanum carved out of white Turenne limestone and its imposing gabled Romanesque bell tower, but also some lavish 15th and 16th-century houses crowned with towers and turrets. Vassinhac castle with its elegant mullioned windows, the Ramade de Friac house flanked by two watchtowers, Benge castle with its machicolation remains and its graceful Renaissance window, or Maussac castle and its pretty doorway with a canopy are among the architectural treasures that you can admire on your walk.
In this place, officially listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, you can also visit the Chapel of the Penitents, which dates from the early 15th century, or the picturesque Mermaid House (Maison de la Sirène), which contains a small museum of popular arts and traditions with a reconstruction of a period interior.
Corrèze medieval village, region Nova Aquitaine, Collonges-la-Rouge takes place about twenty kilometers from Brive-la-Gaillarde, the Corrèze Causse. Ranked among the most beautiful villages in France, he is in full campaign planted chestnut and walnut trees, near Meyssac, Saillac and Ligneyrac.
This former stronghold of the Counts of Turenne recognizable by its red sandstone buildings was mainly developed in the Middle Ages, including the creation of a priory in the late eighth century. Capital region in the sixteenth century, the city was undergoing a great century with the construction of many noble house. Transformed into a stone quarry in the nineteenth century following the exodus of inhabitants, the village of Collonges-la-Rouge regain its momentum thereafter, including through the Aquitaine mixed farming or herding geese.
Centered on tourism since the mid-twentieth century, this magnificent city is also behind the creation of the label most beautiful villages in France.
As you wander the heart of the village with red stones, you will appreciate the charm of traditional architecture with warm colors. Nicknamed the city to the twenty-five laps, the village of Collonges-la-Rouge this rich historical heritage.
Built in the late sixteenth century, Henry Hall is a former granary and wine reflecting the economic wealth of the village in the past. It still houses a communal oven, and its walkway is now listed historic monument.
Walking through the streets, do not forget to admire the many buildings registered or classified like the House of the Mermaid serves headquarters today at the Association of Friends of Collonges and museum of arts and popular traditions. You can particularly admire, and more disparate collections, door Gothic entrance of the cross or windows carved pellets representing a mermaid and a man riding a dolphin.
The priory of the sixteenth century with its facade with balconies on consoles or the former home of the sisters, which dates from the same period, also merit your attention, just like home Bonyt, home Boutang of Peyrat Julliot home, home Dey or houses Wrist and Salvant.
At a street corner, you will discover the ancient court of the sixteenth century, classified, the old town hall with parts of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, inscribed, and a large number of castles and mansions that reflect the wealth of the city. Do not miss the mansion Vassinhac the castle Friac, Castle Benge, the castle Maussac, Château du Breuil, the castle Martret, Beauvirie Manor and Castle Beauregard.
After discovering the remains of the fortified walls of the fourteenth century with the door and the door of the Priory Plate, you can admire the Church of St. Peter. Entirely in red sandstone, the eleventh century building was enlarged and fortified at the end of the Middle Ages. It has a Romanesque bell tower with gables and takes place not far from the chapel of the Black Penitents of the fourteenth century. Formerly the property of the priory of Collonges, it has undergone major restoration campaigns to regain its former glory.
The town has a service area for camper parking lot at The Marchadial. Paid parking, free services. Open year round (water cut in frost period). Phone. Mayor: + 33 (0) 555 254 109.