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St Cirq Lapopie 2

LINKS to other pages in the Albi, Carcassonne and Dordogne website and the Colin Day Travelling Days series:

1 : Home Page
2 : Introduction (Hotels etc.)
3 : Albi
4 : Najac
5 : Cordes Sur Ciel
6 : Bruniquel
7 : St Antonin Noble Val
8 : Gaillac Vineyard
9 : Castres
10 : Carcassonne
11 : St Cirq Lapopie
12 : Rocamadour
13 : Sarlat
14 : La Roque Gageac
15 : Cahors
16 : Guest Book:

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Below the fortress, the village streets lead down to fortified gates. Many historic houses have stone or half-timbered fronts going back to the 13th-16th centuries. The houses are narrow and have steep tiled roofs. The gabled houses fronting on the street are separated by a narrow space called an entremi, which carried away rainwater and waste from sinks and latrines.

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The small St Cirq Lapopie cemetery and chapel  (Right)

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Some street names retain their association with the crafts that once were responsible for the prosperity of Saint Cirq Lapopie. Hide merchants in the Rue de la Pélissaria, metalworkers in the Rue Payrolerie; and boxwood turners, or roubinétaïres, with workshops producing button moulds, trenchers, goblets and spigots for casks.

Many painters came to live and work in Saint Cirq Lapopie. First the Post-Impressionist Henri Martin, then the Surrealists. The poet, André Breton, moved to the village and declared he would never want to live anywhere else.

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The visit to St Cirq Lapopie continues on the next page.
Please click on the 'Next' button (lower right).

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