Miramont-de-Guyenne, Lot-et-Garonne tourism & sightseeing

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Miramont-de-Guyenne is a traditional bastide town, founded by the English King Edward I at the end of the 13th century. The town is situated in the Dropt Valley, south-west of Eymet and in the northern part of the Lot-et-Garonne department.

Although the layout of the town still largely follows the original grid pattern typical of a bastide town, it was so badly damaged during the Hundred Years War that the town was 'refounded' in 1494 and the name changed from Miramont-de-Lauzun to Miramont-de-Guyenne. In the 19th century the town had a period of prosperity based on the manufacture of sheepskin slippers.

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France This Way comment: it doesn't take long to explore Miramont today, but is a pleasant place for a stroll around the traditional arcaded centre and market hall where you will also find a selection of shops and restaurants, and to see the Town Hall in the town centre.

Town Hall in Miramont-de-Guyenne

There are two churches of note in Miramont: the quaint 13th century Church of Beffery and the 19th century Church of Saint-Marie best known for its modern stained glass windows using a vibrant colour now called 'Miramont blue' and very typical of the bold areas of colour typical of the 1960s and 1970s so worth a look if you are passing.

The tower of the church no longer seems to be part of the 'main' building but stands a few feet away: this is because the original church foundations were not strong enough, and after threatening to collapse the church was closed from 1929, then subsequently restored in 1962, but with a space between the church and the original belltower.

The most interesting medieval houses in Miramont are on the Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, and have massive stone pillars and wooden beams supporting the upper levels, so there is an area of shade at the ground level.

The weekly market in Miramont-de-Guyenne takes place on a monday morning.

Town centre and arcades in Miramont-de-Guyenne

Attractions close to Miramont

Although quiet itself, Miramont is with in the Dropt valley that contains a good number of interesting towns and villages - see Dropt Valley for details of many of these.

The town of Bergerac, about 30 kilometres away, is a lively town with an attractive historical centre on the banks of the Dordogne river.

You can find more travel ideas in the Lot-et-Garonne guide and the Aquitaine guide.

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Address: Miramont-de-Guyenne, Lauzun, Marmande, Aquitaine, 47800, France || GPS: latitude 44.6025, longitude 0.361944

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Market days in Miramont-de-Guyenne, France

Regular market(s) are held in Miramont-de-Guyenne each Monday.

A seasonal market is held in Miramont-de-Guyenne on Friday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)

The French version of this page is at Miramont-de-Guyenne (Francais)