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Périgueux is a commune in the Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France.Périgueux is the prefecture of the départment. It is also the seat of a Roman Catholic diocese.HistoryThe name Périgueux comes from Petrocorii, a Latinization of Celtic words meaning "the four tribes" – the Gallic people that held the area before the Roman conquest. Périgueux was their capital city. In 200 BC, the Petrocorii came from the north and settled at Périgueux and established an encampment at La Boissière. After the Roman invasion, they left this post and established themselves on the plain of L'Isle, and the town of Vesunna was created. This Roman city was eventually embellished with amenities such as temples, baths, amphitheatres, and a forum. At the end of the third century AD, the Roman city was surrounded by ramparts, and the town took the name of Civitas Petrocoriorum.In the 10th century, Le Puy-Saint-Front was constructed around an abbey next to the old Gallo-Roman city. It was organised into a municipality around 1182.During the year 1940, many Jews from Alsace and Alsatians were evacuated to Périgueux.Simone Mareuil (a lead actress from the surrealist film Un Chien Andalou) committed self-immolation on 24 October 1954 by dousing herself in gasoline and burning herself to death in a public square in Périgueux.
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Cathedrale St-Front ©
Architectural Building
Cathedrale St-Front
Duration: 30 minutes
Vesunna ©
History Museum
Duration: 1h 30 min
Musee d’Art et d’Archeologie du Perigord ©
History Museum
Musee d’Art et d’Archeologie du Perigord
Duration: 1h 30 min
Voie Verte des Berges de l'Isle ©
Biking Trail
Voie Verte des Berges de l'Isle Trelissac
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Perigueux

Lascaux Caves 4 ©
Specialty Museum
Lascaux Caves 4 Montignac
Duration: 2h 30 min
Lascaux II ©
Lascaux II Montignac
Duration: 1h 30 min
Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac ©
Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac Audrix
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Perigueux

Perigueux Saturday Street Market ©
Flea Market
Perigueux Saturday Street Market
Duration: 1h 30 min
Musee Militaire du Perigord ©
Specialty Museum
Musee Militaire du Perigord
Duration: 1h 30 min
Eglise St. Etienne de la Cite ©
Religious Site
Eglise St. Etienne de la Cite
Duration: 1h 30 min
Jardin Des Arenes Romaines ©
Jardin Des Arenes Romaines
Duration: 1h 30 min

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