We followed a couple of walking tours from a guide book, starting with the ecclesiastical buildings. We start by looking at the squares where the canons had their homes. (Remember, canons are the administrators and dignataries of the abbey. They interact with the public.)
|houses that were once abbey annexes for abbey business and housing|
|former abbey buildings|
We meander through passageways leading to a chapel and past the chapter house.
|chapel entrance - building was locked however|
|view of cathedral from the cloister square. Building on the right would have been|
dormitories for the monks.
This church was built in several parts over several centuries. As you look at the photo below, you can see the 17th century gothic nave which has been attached to the lower 15th century romanesque cruciform choir (the part of a church that includes the altar and all the space behind and around it).
|Low part (choir) is 15th century romanesque while tall part (nave) is 17th century gothic|
|Judy, Janis & Clark along the walls in the cemetary (jardin des enfeus)|
|Knights Templar emblem engraved in the wall of the "jardin des enfeus"|
Once again we visit the Lantern of the Dead at the top of the graveyard. Our guidebook explains that this bullet shaped, single-roomed building was actually quite special to the abbey and while quite unique, was not unknown elsewhere. This shape matches some 4th century drawings of the tomb of Christ in Jerusalem. They believe this Lantern of the Dead was built to be used in a solemn Easter ceremony where the priests would come to the "tomb of Jesus" and find Him risen. While only speculation, that theory makes some sense to us as the inside of the Lantern is like a small chapel.
|Notables were buried in the walls as well as in the raised terraces (where the 2 little kids are jumping on grave markers)|
The Lantern of the Dead is in the upper level of what would have been additional cemetery space.
|Dave & Lynn at Lantern of the Dead|
|Looking down the gothic nave, you can see the 3 arches across the front of the choir.|
The 15th century Romanesque choir is behind these pierced openings
that join the Romanesque and Gothic parts of the church.
|Looking from the choir to the side aisles of the nave|
|Added in 1752 above the entrance from the narthex to the nave, this was the first organ|
built by Jean François l'Epine who built organs for other large churches, including Toulouse.
Everything in the old center of Sarlat is very compact, so once outside the church, we are ready to start the next part of the tour. There is a large square in front of the Hôtel de Ville which is surprising because the rest of the streets are narrow and compact.
|Place de la Liberté|
|The building straight ahead with the domed tower is the home of a wealthy family.|
On the left is the parish church of St Mary.
|The size of the square can be seen from this view taken in front of the church of St. Mary. The Hotel de Ville is on left with the taller white awning. The Cathedral tower is in the background.|
|Italian Renaissance house across from Cathedral of St. Sacerdos|
Wandering narrow streets past old houses onto the Place des Oies (former market square where geese were sold)
|House just off the Place des Oies|
|Geese in Place des Oies|
|Looking back at the bell tower of St. Mary's at the Place des Oies|
In the 1600s a wealthy man wanted to build a house in town, but in typical medieval style, there were no parcels of land left in the town. So he bought 3 run-down buildings, side by side and turned it into a fancy house with entry in the center bottom and a renaissance terrace topping the entrance. He made special staircases that joined access to the houses whose floors were at different levels from each other.
Dinner that night was hamburgers with foie gras.
|Bread pudding with cognac sauce for dessert|
Followed by an after dinner walk around the neighborhood
|Judy has Les Millandes in the palm of her hand|
|Our local castle: Pannaseau|
|It takes a team to hold Pannaseau in the palm of our hands|