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The Dordogne, France
Castle of Montfort in the Dordogne, France
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeCastle of Montfort in the Dordogne, France - Credit: dynamosquito
The Fedden family holiday in a manoir located not far from Périgueux, in the Dordogne area of France.

The Dordogne is a department in the Aquitaine region of southwestern France. It corresponds roughly to the former province of the Périgord, and the four distinct areas of the Dordogne are known as the Périgord Vert (the Green Périgord), the Périgord Blanc (the White Périgord), the Périgord Pourpre (the Purple Périgord), and the Périgord Noir (the Black Périgord). The area is noted for its cuisine, particularly for its duck and geese products and its truffles. The Périgord Noir (so-named because of its heavily-wooded landscape) is the site of many prehistoric remains, including the Paleolithic cave paintings at Lascaux. There are also over a 1,000 chateaux and castles at various locations throughout the Dordogne region, many of which have connections with the Hundred Years' War between France and England.

Replica of a cave painting at Lascaux II
Creative Commons AttributionReplica of a cave painting at Lascaux II - Credit: Jack Versloot


Périgueux is a commune situated in the Périgord Blanc (so named because of its limestone rocks) and is the main administrative centre of the Dordogne. It has various Roman remains, including an amphitheatre, a temple and a villa. The commune of Périgueux is also the site of the Cathedral of St Front, built during the 12th century and restored during the 19th century.




St. Front Cathedral, Périgueux
Public DomainSt. Front Cathedral, Périgueux - Credit: Olivier2000