Monpazier was founded in
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).
situated in southern Périgord, and bordering on the Agenais region,
45km from Bergerac, 45km from Sarlat and 60km from Cahors.