"Our Last Perigord Town" Cadouin by hquittner

Cadouin Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 35 photos

How We Got There

We drove north just 2 miles from Molieres to reach the town of Cadouin (pop. 375).This old town grew up around its famous Abbey and has remained unspoiled. It still has old houses and a wooden covered market in the square, like many others we have seen.

The Rise and Fall of a Pilgrimage Site

The Abbey was founded in 1115 and adopted the Cistercian order in 1119. At that time a monk brought back from the Crusades, a cloth that was said to have wrapped Christ's head as he was on the cross. The miracles abounded. The shroud was removed for protection to Toulouse during the 100 Years War and was only returned after the Pope and Louis XI intervened. Miracles continued until in 1934 experts found that it had woven in it kufic script dating from the 11C. Alas. The church has a fine cloister of the 15C, but we were not able to visit it because we arrived too late.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A fine town with a fine church.
  • Cons:That is all
  • In a nutshell:We missed the cloister
  • Last visit to Cadouin: May 1994
  • Intro Updated May 10, 2009
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