"A Fine Site to Withdraw To" Brantôme by hquittner

Brantôme Travel Guide: 19 reviews and 97 photos

A Fine Place To Build A Monastery

The structures of the ancient abbey are a memorable sight: nestled along the right (north) bank of the Dronne river beneath a bulky cliff. This river bank forced the abbey to take a linear construction, Of the most ancient buildings only a belfry built in the 11C on a rock spur remains, situated above the present church.(started in the 12C). It must have been a welcome sight for pilgrims on the Compostela journey. The river has provided a means for isolating the small city that developed next to the abbey (pop. 2K) by having it circle the city as an island. A modern bridge connects it to the road alongside the abbey and an older bridge gives access from the abbey to another plot of land which is the abbey gardens. There are pleasant lunch facilities in Brantome as well as accommodations.

How we came to Brantome

We only took lunch and viewed the abbey en route as we progressed from Sarlat to Perigueux to Poitiers as a day trip onward.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:An Enjoyable Short Visit
  • Cons:None
  • In a nutshell:Include It en route or even stay a while
  • Last visit to Brantôme: May 1994
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Thanks for sharing this interesting town with me!

  • wandeljp's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2009 at 9:19 AM

    I have good remembers there, when we walked along and take a break for a night on our (part of) way to Santiago. Was a wonderful place, as Saint Jean de Côle was.


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