Situated in a small valley in the Bessède Forest between Sarlat and Bergerac, Cadouin is a Cistercian Abbey on the pilgrim trail to Santiago de Compostela, listed as a Historic Monument, a Major Site of Aquitaine and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Read more
Immerse yourself in the heart of Cadouin Cloister! True masterpiece of Gothic art. Nearly ten centuries of history float here and make Cadouin a universal place, immutable and serene.Read more
Founded in 1115, today only the Abbey church and Romanesque monastic foundations survive. Take the time during your visit to see the sun, in an interplay of light and shadow, draw arabesques on the gallery floors, as if through a pochoir.Read more
I love the soothing ambiance of Cadouin and its cloisters, but I also love the whole village which is well worth a visit. The best time, I think, to visit the cloisters is early morning or late evening when the angle of the sun causes the light to filter into the galleries through the arcades. A great photo opportunity!
Château de Biron
Arriving at the village square, the imposing facade of the church is highly suggestive of this place’s long, rich history…
But, once inside, in the intimacy of the cloisters, one cannot help but be touched by its very particular atmosphere and so one pauses in one’s day to meditate and reflect… And, whatever you do, don’t miss the monk stuck between two pillars in the eastern gallery!!
One afternoon in February, I opened the door to see the cloisters bathed in sunlight… it was extraordinarily beautiful. Gradually, I discovered the decorated stones. Everything is expressed in this small, luminous space: the seasons, our joys and sorrows, happiness and suffering… I walk, look around me, turn back, sit down, explain, recount, and always leave slightly regretfully, even in the knowledge that I will find it again in all its beauty tomorrow.
A very interesting visit. The cloisters were rebuilt in the 15th century and are a Gothic masterpiece. A pretty, very well-maintained garden.
We once again visited these magnificent cloisters with great pleasure. They are beautifully presented; the place is very well preserved, and the
These cloisters are enchanting. We arrived at opening time and consequently could fully appreciate the serenity of the place. Obviously, it is extremely interesting from a historical and architectural point of view. Everything is very clearly explained.