Périgueux (Vesunna) is a town in southwestern France. It is located in the department of Dordogne, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region and is the capital of the Périgord region. The town boasts an important historical heritage, with remains dating from the Gallo-Roman, medieval and Renaissance periods. In 1998, the Byzantine Saint-Front cathedral was listed as one of UNESCO world heritage sites ( Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France.)
The Roman city, Vesunna Petrucoriorum, was founded in 16 BCE in the territory of the Petricorii tribe. It saw major growth during the first two centuries of the common era, before it was razed to the ground by the Alemanni in 275 CE, after which the city was fortified.
One of the most outstanding features of the Gallo-Roman city is the imposing Vésone Tower, which was the cella or central circular hall of an enormous temple to the goddess Vesunna located in the centre of the city. It stands beside the Périgueux Gallo-Roman Museum, designed by renowned architect Jean Nouvel, which houses a large first-century Gallo-Roman residence— the “Domus des Bouquets”—with a floor area of 4,000 square metres. The Perigord Museum of Art and Archaeology is well worth a visit too.
The town also boasts the remains of an amphitheatre which once seated 20,000 spectators (incorporated into a park in 1875) as well as the third-century city wall.
VESUNNA – Périgueux, Nueva Aquitaina
Vesunna Gallo-Roman Museum and the Vésone Domus
A series of archaeological excavations undertaken from 1959 uncovered the remains of a large Gallo-Roman mansion dating from the first century CE, the domus of Vésone.
Since 2003, the site has been protected by a structure designed by Jean Nouvel. The new building is intended to act as a window to the hidden past lying beneath the modern city and takes the form of a large umbrella covering the old walls of the residence.
The museum houses a collection of items unearthed during excavations of the old city and its hinterland. They provide an insight into the city and its inhabitants, their way of life, exchanges with the Roman Empire and the continued practise of certain Gaulish customs. The domus of Vésone, built during the first century, is one example. Given its size, its location in the heart of the city and its elaborate architecture, sculptures and funerary steles, it most probably belonged to a wealthy family from the local aristocracy.
Towards the end of the third century, following a period of recession, the city was dismantled stone by stone to construct a defensive wall. This marked the start of a new form of urban life, in which Christianity gradually developed.
Models of the city and the main monuments show the importance of the old Cité des Petrucores. Without entirely turning their back on Celtic culture, the townspeople adopted the customs and ways of life of the Roman Empire, including its religion, food, ornaments and stone building.
20 rue du 26ème R.I Parc de Vésone
October to March
- Tuesday to Friday: 9:30 – 12:30 and 13:30 – 17:00
- Saturday and Sunday: 10 am – 12:30 am and 2:30 pm – 6 pm
April, May, June and September
- Tuesday to Friday: 9:30 – 5:30
- Saturday and Sunday: 10 am – 12:30 am and 2:30 pm – 6 pm
- Holidays (except Mondays): 10 am – 12:30 am and 2:30 pm – 6 pm
Every day: 10am – 7pm
Closed Mondays except July and August
Closed on June 1, November 1, November 11, December 25
Annual closing: 2 weeks in January
The 43 municipalities of the Grand Périgueux offer a wide range of accommodation offers. From the hotel in the city centre, to the lodgings in the villages, through the nature campsites, you will find where to sleep to stay close to all entertainment and all activities during your stay in the Dordogne.
From 1 to 4 stars, in the city centre, in the countryside or in a village, for a leisure or business stay, our hoteliers welcome you in a friendly environment in their establishments.
In the heart of the Dosdogne, discover the variety of our holiday rentals for a peacebul stay!
In the heart of the Dordogne, come and discover the charm of our beds and breakfasts in typical stone of Périgord. Their surroundings will allow you to spend an unforgettable holiday.
Your camping trip will allow you to find yourself closer to nature. From a 4 * complex, with all the conveniences to the farm campsite, with a personalized service.
Traditionnal holiday villages offer fun and entertainment for everyone.
Here you will find specially equipped spaces to park your motorhome if you wish to stop for a moment in the Périgord to visit our beautiful region.
In the heart of Périgord, between tradition and modernity, you will find traditional and regional cuisine in our restaurants, inns and hostels.
9 bis Place du Coderc
- From 7th january to 9th june 2019 : 9 am – 12:30 am / 2 pm – 6 pm from Monday to Saturday. 10 am – 6 pm Bank holidays.
- From 10th june to 30th june 2019 : 9 am – 12:30 am / 2 pm – 6 pm from Monday to Saturday – 10 am – 6 pm bank holidays and 10 am – 1 pm Sundays
- July and august : 09 am – 7 pm from Monday to Saturday and 10 am – 6 pm Sundays and bank holidays.
- From 1st september to 22nd september 2019 : 9 am – 12:30 am / 2 pm – 6 pm from Monday to Saturday and 10 am – 1 pm Sundays.
- From 23rd september to 31th december 2019 : 9 am – 12:30 am / 2 pm – 6 pm from Monday to Saturday.
- Closed 1st november, 11th november, 25th december and from the 1st to the 6th january
How to come?
- Paris: (A20) Limoges
- Paris > (A 20) Limoges > (RN 21) Périgueux
- Paris > (A 10) Poitiers > (RN 10) Angoulême > (D 939) Périgueux.
- Bordeaux > (A 89) Périgueux.
- Toulouse > (A 62) Montauban > (A 20) Brive > (A 89) Périgueux.
- The Grand Périgueux is easily accessible by train, especially coming from Paris:
- Departure from Paris-Austerlitz, via Limoges
- Departure from Paris-Montparnasse, via Libourne or Angoulême by TGV. Connect at Libourne by TER. Connect at Angoulême by bus with the Transpérigord – 2€. More informations : www.transperigord.fr
- TGV direct Roissy-Libourne or Roissy-Bordeaux, and connect at Libourne or at Angoulême by TER.
Departure from Bordeaux, Limoges or Brive : 10 daily connects. More informations: www.ter.sncf.com/nouvelle-aquitaine
- Périgueux-Bassillac airport : départure from Paris-Orly with Twin Jet.
- Nearest airports : Bergerac Dordogne Périgord, Brive, Bordeaux and Limoges.
- Bordeaux-Mérignac airport : shuttle from the airport to the railway station – 12 trains per day between Bordeaux and Périgueux.
- Limoges airport : by taxi from the airport to the railway station – 10 trains per day between Limoges and Périgueux.