The origins of Monpazier date from the 13th century - it was founded in 1284 by King Edward I of England. Monpazier is a remarkable town. Around its paved central square, containing the original market hall, it retains many ancient buildings and the original arcades. Monpazier is usually considered to be the most intact bastide town remaining in France.

The lack of individual monuments is not a criticism or a reason not to visit - more than 30 of the buildings in Monpazier are classified as 'national monuments', and there is little to spoil the impression that all is much as it has been for the last 700 years. It is one of the few places where you can take lots of photos (and you will) and none show any building less than 400 years old!

The most remarkable feature is that many of the houses in the centre are different to each other in architectural style, but still form a perfect whole.

Be sure to venture down the side streets, where houses and occasional shops and cafes sit quietly as they have for many centuries. Also venture out of the town (only about 100 metres from the centre) to see the views that look south across the woodland and valley. Monpazier is an unmissable highlight of a visit to the region.

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Domaine de Leygue

24150 Bourniquel
Dordogne
France

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