Land of Eternity…
The cradle of prehistory
The Périgord has been a popular destination for more than 450,000 years, and today it offers
a panorama of the evolution of man throughout the ages. To discover the Dordogne is to
encounter the distinctive origins of beliefs and culture that define us today. The Périgord
contains several thousand prehistoric archaeological deposits and almost half of all the cave art
in France. These precious gems include the Lascaux caves, painted more than 20,000 years ago,
featuring an exceptional collection of cave paintings. To Tour "Lascaux, the Centre International
d’Art Parietal" is to view the dawn of man’s existence. The Prehistory Centre in Les Eyzies can
facilitate your approach to the heritage of this ‘prehistoric valley’ and help you to better
understand it through educational workshops, lectures, exhibitions and theme circuits.
The deep-seated roots left by the Gauls also linger on in the Dordogne. 2000 years ago, the
Romans imposed their architecture and culture on the inhabitants here, as you can see at the
Gallo-Roman museum Vesunna in Périgueux, designed to blend into its verdant setting by the
internationally renowned architect and Périgord native Jean Nouvel.