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Monpazier  Version Française

The Bastide of Monpazier

Monpazier was founded in
1284 during the reign of the English King, Edward I. It is generally considered to be the "model" bastide among the 300 or so in South-west France.
It’s town plan is perfectly rectangular and develops around the village square, the Place des Cornières, which is itself surrounded by houses built between XIIIe and XVIIe. The eight-centuries old bastide has managed to preserve its original character despite the vicissitudes of time and the Wars of Religion.

Monpazier has held the title "Most Beautiful Village in France" since 1989. The original aspect and dimensions of the bastide (fortified) town are virtually intact making it a fabulously authentic medieval architecture. Monpazier belongs to the organisation "Towns of Art & History" (ANVPAH).

It is situated in southern Périgord, and bordering on the Agenais region, 45km from Bergerac, 45km from Sarlat and 60km from Cahors.


Tourist Information Office Opening Hours
• From october to may :
Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 12pm 30 and from 14h30 to 18h. Sunday and holidays from 10h00 to 12h30 and all day during school holidays. Closed on Mondays (closed from January 1 to 15)
• June and September: daily from 10h to 12h30 and from 14h to 18h
• July and August: daily from 10h to 13h and from 15h to 19h