The Dordogne Sights



La Madeleine Review

Want to discover the "Brigadoon" of the Dordogne? As you head north from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac toward Lascaux, stop off 7 km (4 miles) north of Les Eyzies near the village of Tursac to discover the mysterious troglodyte "lost village" of La Madeleine, found hidden in the Valley of Vézère at the foot of a ruined castle and overlooking the Vézère River. Human settlement here dates to 15,000 BC, but what is most eye-catching today is its picturesque cliff-face chapel; seemingly half Cro-Magnon, half Gothic, it was constructed during the Middle Ages. The site was abandoned in the 1920s; now guided visits tour it (call ahead, English available).

    Contact Information

  • Address: 7 km (4 miles) north of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac Tursac, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, 24620 | Map It
  • Phone: 05–53–46–36–88
  • Cost: €5.50
  • Hours: Easter–June and Sept.–Oct., daily 10–6, July and Aug., daily 9:30–8; Sept.–Oct., daily 10–6; Nov.–mid-Feb., daily 11–5
  • Location: Les Eyzies-de-Tayac
Updated: 02-22-2013

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