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Cultural Attractions in Sarlat-la-Canéda

Whether you are a history or art enthusiast or simply keen to expand your horizons, you will love the many treasures of Sarlat-la-Canéda, a town rich in history and culture.

Start your exploration by visiting Sarlat’s old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Stroll through the narrow streets, admire the magnificent Medieval buildings in golden stone and soak up the enchanting atmosphere of this place steeped in history. 

And don’t miss St. Sacerdos Cathedral, a Gothic architectural masterpiece dating from the 12th century and home to a wealth of artistic and historical treasures. Step inside to admire the majestic vaults, colourful stained glass windows and intricate sculptures. 

Art lovers will adore visiting the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Sarlat, which houses a varied collection of works of art ranging from the Medieval period to contemporary art. Here you can admire paintings, sculptures and handicrafts that reflect the evolution of art over the centuries. 

For a complete immersion in local history, be sure to visit the Maison de la Boétie, the birthplace of the Sarlatan writer and philosopher Étienne de La Boétie. Dive deep into the intellectual world of La Boétie and discover his impact on philosophical thought. 

In summer, Sarlat-la-Canéda comes alive with its annual festival, “Les Nuits de la Bastide”, which offers open-air theatre, dance and music performances in the enchanting setting of the medieval town. It’s the perfect opportunity to take in the region’s rich cultural offering while enjoying the night-time atmosphere. 

Whether you’re a fan of art, history or festivals, Sarlat-la-Canéda’s cultural attractions are sure to fill you with wonder. Get ready to immerse yourself in the fascinating atmosphere of this city steeped in history and create unforgettable memories.