Visit Gourdon (Lot) (Midi-Pyrenees, France)
Historically Gourdon was an important town and had four monasteries at one time. The town was given by Count Raymond I of Toulouse to the Gourdon family in 961 but they were nearly wiped out in 1189 by Richard the Lionheart. Rumour has it that the family were avenged by a surviving son who fatally shot Richard in the shoulder at the siege of Chalus.
Gourdon is a pleasant little town built of honey coloured stone and set on a hill so that it can be seen for miles around.
Start your visit at the top of Gourdon and the ‘table of orientation’ allowing you to identify the surrounding sites and enjoy the lovely view. Just below is the imposing St Pierre's church that was built in the 15th century and dominates the skyline of Gourdon.
Below the church you have a warren of little streets with medieval houses and some interesting shops to explore.
Another interesting church in Gourdon is the Church of Notre-Dame des Cordeliers, dating from the 13th century. The imposing square clocktower was added at the end of the 19th century.
You will see other interesting monuments, such as the Maison Cavaignac with a decorative renaissance entrance and the 16th century Maison du Senechal and many other buildings in the local yellow stone.
Continue walking and you can browse though the shops of the more modern town. To make sure you don't miss anything pick up a brochure from the tourist office and follow walk number 1 and walk number 2 to see the main points of interest.
Gourdon is a good size town and would make a good base to explore nearby sites in Lot and the Dordogne.
Attractions near to Gourdon
Uzech - proper name Uzech-les-Oules, known for its pottery, and above all the 'epis de faitage', mini painted and glazed pottery 'towers' to protect the top corners of a roof, and often very decorative;
The Cougnac caves (Grottes de Cougnac) feature extensive rock formations (stalactites etc) and also the oldest prehistoric paintings of animals that are open to the public.
Gourdon is set in attractive countryside, and there are numerous small villages to discover nearby. Often without major highlights, but each with its own charm and personality, located in particularly attractive surroundings, or with lovely views across the Lot countryside. Be sure to visit some of these: Saint-Germain-du-Bel-Air; Saint-Projet; Concorès; Saint-Clair; Saint-Cirq-Souillaguet; Peyrilles; Saint-Chamarand; Lamothe-Cassel; Montamel and Saint-Cirq-Madelon.
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Tourist classifications for Gourdon (Lot)
Gourdon (Lot) is classified as a recommended detour town (plus beau detour)
Address: Gourdon, Lot, Midi-Pyrenees || GPS: latitude 44.8217, longitude 1.38361
Map of Gourdon (Lot) & places nearby
Highlights close by
Chateau de Montfort 11km
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Gourdon (Lot), France
- Notre Dame des Cordeliers (Gourdon) - religious monument
- Gourdon - recommended detour
- Abbaye Sainte Marie (Souillac) - religious monument (11km)
- Domme - most beautiful village (14km)
- Jardins du château de Caudon - remarkable garden (14km)
- Eglise notre-Dame de Nativité (Cenac-et-Saint-Julien) - religious monument (14km)
- Cathédrale Saint-Sardos (Sarlat) - religious monument (15km)
- Sarlat - town of art and history (15km)
- La Roque-Gageac - most beautiful village (16km)
- Jardins de l'Albarède - remarkable garden (17km)
Market days in Gourdon (Lot): Regular market(s) are held in Gourdon (Lot) each Saturday. A seasonal market is held in Gourdon (Lot) on Thursday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Gourdon (Lot) (Francais)