Dordogne 3 - La Roque Saint-Christophe

Prehistoric


The Chalk cliff is 1 km long and  rises  80 meters above the Vezere river. It is made of five terraces , and was hollowed out by the river, frost and ice in the glacial age 60 million years ago.
The cliff offered shelter to the hunter-gatherers and was possibly first inhabited by the Neanderthal people 50000 B.C., and later by the  Cro-Magnon people 25000 B.C. People have lived here in Bronze - Iron  and Middle Ages until 1588 when the place was destroyed during the Wars of Religion.



The greatest period was the Middle Ages where bishop Frotaire of Périgueux decided to built a fortress to protect the inhabitants against  Norman invasions, but already in the Bronze Age it many people lived here.


 La Roque Saint-Christophe

 La Roque Saint-Christophe
Winch

 La Roque Saint-Christophe
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 La Roque Saint-Christophe
The great staircase leading to the fifth terrace.

 La Roque Saint-Christophe
Jail

 La Roque Saint-Christophe

 La Roque Saint-Christophe
Kitchen

 La Roque Saint-Christophe
Model of the site as it may have looked at the end of the Middle Ages. 

The place is classified as historical Monument and the valley is part of UNESCO's World Heritage places.

 La Roque Saint-Christophe

The area is by the way one of the richest in prehistoric findings and  caves with cave paintings.
One of the most famous probably being the Lascaux Cave. We visited the cave, or to be more precise an exact copy of it. To preserve the original cave very few people are allowed access  - only 5 persons a day.

Ticket from a visit to the cave in 1992

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