Meyssac, Correze: tourism & sightseeing
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Meyssac is a lively small market town in the south-west of the Corrèze department of Limousin, about 30 kilometres south of Brive-la-Gaillarde. Perhaps not well known to most visitors to the region, Meyssac has a very attractive and most unusual town centre and we recommend you pause for a look around when you are nearby.
It is easy to visit Meyssac - parking is available around the edges of the town centre and the historic centre is close by.
In the historic centre of Meyssac there is a large open square where the market is held, and an adjaent smaller square where the main buildings - the church and the market hall - can be seen. The building opposite the church is the Maison Verdès and the town hall for Meyssac is between these two buildings. Together this group of red buildings make a very impressive sight!
The Church of Saint-Vincent has its origins in the 12th century, and still has its original roman style entrance. Substantial alterations were made to the church both during the Hundred Years War and the Wars of Religion, primarily to add fortifications to the building.
The traditional hall next to the church was built in the 17th century and retains its red-stone columns and impressive carpentry work. If you follow the road behind the hall you can see more medieval houses in colombage and quickly reach the vaulted passage called the Porte de l'Autrivie.
This passage takes you to the road around the outside of the historic centre where you can see several impressive stone houses including the Maison Noble, with its archway and tower containing a staircase, and the Maison Faige which also has a round tower and dates from the 16th century.
You can also see vestiges of the ramparts which once helped protect the town and another of the original gateways into the centre.
If you are able to visit Meyssac on a Tuesday you can enjoy one of the liveliest markets in the region.
It is without doubt the villages and countryside that are the main attraction in this part of Correze. Just a few kilometres from here you can explore Collonges-la-Rouge, an entire village built with the same red stone as the centre of Meyssac, and other amazing villages nearby include Curemonte and Turenne, among others.
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Address: Meyssac, Brive-la-Gaillarde, Limousin, 19500, France || GPS: latitude 45.0561, longitude 1.6767
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Collonges-la-Rouge: most beautiful village
- Turenne: most beautiful village (7 km)
- Curemonte: most beautiful village (9 km)
- Gouffre de la Fage: site of natural beauty (13 km)
- Eglise de Saint Pierre (Carennac): religious monument (16 km)
- Carennac: most beautiful village (16 km)
- Castelnau-Bretenoux Chateau: national monument (21 km)
- Donzenac: village d'etape (22 km)
- Loubressac: most beautiful village (23 km)
- Gouffre de Padirac: site of natural beauty (23 km)
- Abbaye Sainte Marie (Souillac): religious monument (24 km)
- Autoire: most beautiful village (25 km)
Market days in Meyssac, France
Regular market(s) are held in Meyssac each Tuesday & Friday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Meyssac (Francais)