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Rue du Port, the historical centre by night

Historical Town Centre
An historical town centre full of fountains, small squares, narrow roads lined with half-timbered houses, elegant houses dating from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries is just waiting to be discovered.
The port and quayside provide a clue as to the busy nature of the river in bygone times, a period when the gabarres moored at Bergerac to unload wood from the Limousin and to load oak barrels to take to Bordeaux.

Museums
Some of the town's historical buildings house cultural exhibitions retracing Bergerac's history.

Museum of Anthropology of Tobacco

A museum of national interest situated in Peyrarède House in the heart of the historical town centre, it has a collection of remarkable objects on display which retrace the social and cultural history of tobacco through civilisations.
It traces the history of Bergerac from prehistoric times to the French Revolution of 1789.


Town Museum - The Bridge

Town Museum
Situated in a magnificent half-timbered house on the Place de la Myrpe, it retraces the history of the area's vineyards and the many activities related to wine production.
Many models of gabarres and exhibits about barrel-making speak of a time when boats, gabarres at any rate, were a lucrative business to be in.


Costi Museum

Costi Museum
Inaugurated on 21 June 2003, the Costi Museum houses an exhibition of sculptures and drawings donated by Constantin PAPACHRISTPOULOS - known as COSTI - a pupil of Antoine Bourdelle. The museum is in two renovated cellars of Saint Jacques' presbytery.

Open during the summer months only.

 

Heritage Sites

Institute of Wine

Situated in the Récollets Cloisters, which were built between the 12th and the 17th centuries, the Institute of Wine proposes an olfactory initiation to oenology. Its shop sells wines from the thirteen Appellations d'Origines Contrôlées of the Bergerac area and a variety of Bergerac wine related objects.

Visit:
The 'Caveau de la Vinée' (the wine-fermenting cellar)
where the monks stored barrels of wine. An explanatory film about viniculture is continuously projected.

-The interior courtyard of the Cloisters.
A Renaissance to 16th century gallery sits side by side with an 18th-century gallery.


Cavaillé Organ - St Jacques Church

St Jacques's Church, Place Pelissière.
Of Romanesque origins, although substantially altered over the centuries, the church provided a halting place on the Saintiago de Compostela pilgrimage. The organ, which was completely renovated in 2013, is listed as an historic monument.
 


Piles Water Mill - Ruins : The Mill's Axis

An Industrial Heritage

Electric Turbine

At 23-25 Rue des Fontaines, there is an open-air museum!
During the partial demolition of a building, a discovery was made which revealed seven centuries of hydraulic history with the remains of the Caudeau River's headrace dating from the Middle Ages.
The headrace supplied the town with drinking water. Over time and with technological progress, it was the exploitation of water-powered energy which led to the magic of electricity being installed throughout the town.

Piles Water Mill
The ruins of the site of the old Piles Water Mill at the foot of the imposing 'Grands-Moulins' building on the Rue des Conférences.
A permanent exhibition explains the topography of the canal network and the whys and wherefores of its existence.