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Saint-Jean-de-Côle

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Dordogne

Saint-Jean-de-Côle - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Dordogne
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The church with its old wooden covered market hall, the Marthonie castle, the small bridge spanning the river and the houses with flower-covered facades make this a delightful place to wander around.

During the Floralies flower show, which takes place the second weekend of May, the medieval village of Saint-Jean-de-Côle is adorned with thousands of flowers.

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Saint-Jean-de-Côle

Ranked among the most beautiful villages in France, Saint-Jean-de-Côle is located in New Aquitaine, in the department of Dordogne. It takes its place in the borough of Nontron and takes its name from Saint John the Baptist and the River Cole, a river that passes not far away.

Built in the 12th century, the castle of La Marthonie has a history linked to the commune of Saint-Jean-de-Côle, as well as to its priory. Indeed, the village suffered from the numerous sieges and other looting suffered by the castle and its inhabitants, knowing also the English invasions. The arrival of the railway between Angoulême and Brive in the 19th century brought a new economic recovery to Saint-Jean-de-Côle.

Nowadays orientated towards tourism, the municipality has an important architectural heritage, as well as a certain charm. With its ocher houses and brown tile roofs, the village of Saint-Jean-de-Côle seems to have passed through time with the same elegance and beauty.

Things to see and do

Classified as Historical Monuments, the church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste is the former priory church of Saint-Jean-de-Côle. Built in the 12th century, it still has a choir and a transept of origin. Outside, you can admire nearly 80 modillions, small sculptures representing plants or characters. The building is also preceded by a charming little market.

Only open during Heritage Days, the priory was built in the 15th century and is now classified as a Historic Monument. One can still admire a part of the Gothic cloister, as well as a gallery Renaissance in height.

On the way to Saint-Jean-de-Côle, do not miss to admire the old bridge of the 12th century classified to the Historic Monuments, or all houses with ocher walls and brown roofs that mark the village. You can also see half-timbered houses rebuilt in the 16th century.

Also listed as a Historical Monument, the Marthonie Castle was built between the 14th and 18th centuries. It is now visitable.

A greenway, which takes up the old route of the railway, offers not less than seventeen kilometers of hike to admire the surroundings and the most beautiful tourist sites of Saint-Jean-de-Côle.

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Events and festivities

The second weekend of May, see the famous Floralies of Saint-Jean-de-Côle arrive during which the medieval village is adorned with thousands of flowers.

In June, the Musicôle festival offers several concerts in the village.

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Bridge on the Cole
Bridge on the Cole
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The castle
The castle
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Castle entrance
Castle entrance
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The castle
The castle
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Castle entrance
Castle entrance
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Low angle on the church
Low angle on the church
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The hall near the church
The hall near the church
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View of the church and the hall, near the castle
View of the church and the hall, near the castle
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The town hall
The town hall
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Invitation to rest under the castle wall
Invitation to rest under the castle wall
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Colorful houses
Colorful houses
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Along the river
Along the river
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Bridge
Bridge
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Alley
Alley
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Castle of Marthonie
Castle of Marthonie
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The bridge one day of Floralies
The bridge one day of Floralies
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