The Dordogne Sights

La Madeleine

  • Town/Village
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 06/25/2015

Fodor's Review

As you head north from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac toward Lascaux, stop off 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. 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, abandoned in the 1920s, can be visited on guided tours (call ahead, English available).

Sight Information


7 km (4 miles) north of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, 24620, France



Sight Details:

  • €6
  • Mid-Feb.–mid-Mar., daily 11–5; mid-Mar.–June, daily 10–6; July and Aug., daily 9:30–8; Sept. and Oct., daily 10–6.

Published 06/25/2015


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