France’s Dordogne region has one of the longest histories in Europe, as well as some of the country’s most romantic landscapes.
Archaeologists have found evidence of human habitation in the Dordogne as far back as 400,000 years ago. The region’s striking limestone hills are full of caves that hide some of the world’s most important ancient paintings.
But it was from the 12th to 16th centuries when villages began to appear on the forested banks of the Dordogne’s rivers. During this period, the region was known by its historical name, Perigord, which local people are still very attached to.
Churches were erected for saints and chateaus built for barons, who later fortified
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