Most of the gorgeous buildings you see in Sarlat were built in its Golden Age of the 1440s: the hotels or town houses were built between 1450 and 1500 and grace Sarlat with a rare architectural unity. As soon has you start to walk down its old town streets you feel like you have walked back in time, the style and history are superb.
The architect Jean Nouvel who won the Pritzker Architecture prize in 2008 has transformed Sainte-Marie church in Sarlat into a covered market, therefore rejuvenating the building which was built in 1365.
As I mentioned in a previous ‘blog’, they sell the most wonderful macaroons, walnuts, wine, cheeses etc in the market.
A bronze sculpture of the sitting man lost in meditation (Le Badoud) by Gerrard Auliac Rampe Magnanat (2002). Sitting on a stone step he looks at the market square, overlooking the Grand Place de la Liberte.
Around thirty films have been shot in Sarlat, including ‘The Musketeer’ the 1978 version of ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Ever After’ starring Drew Barrymore.
The geese are a tribute to the local speciality of foie gras.