Located in the department of Dordogne, Sarlat-la-Canéda, more commonly called just Sarlat, grew up around a Benedictine abbey. Becoming, over the centuries, the capital of the Périgord Noir, Sarlat is a mediaeval city. According to the archives, the abbey only appears after 886. The architectural heritage of Sarlat is enriched as much by its religious as its secular monuments. Amongst these is the Cathedral Saint-Sacerdos of Sarlat which was classified as a historical monument in 1840. Built the Gothic style, it houses a sanctuary dedicated to Saint Sacerdos, a Romanesque bell tower dating from the 12th century and a 'swallow's nest' pipe organ. It is possible to stop in front of the Lantern of the Dead, also called the Saint Bernard tower. The building dates from the 12th century and rises to a height of about 10 metres. It was built in 1147, following a visit from Saint Bernard on his return from the Crusades. The Castle of Temniac, known since the ninth century, became the residence of the Bishops of Sarlat from the eleventh century. The castle is a fortified enclosure which consists of a Renaissance house and three corner towers. Sarlat was the birthplace of the writer Étienne de La Boétie in 1530: the facade of his house is still there. For your accommodation in this historic city, book a charming or luxury hotel with a view!