A little history of Sarlat-la-Canéda

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Sarlat medieval city Medieval city

Narrow medieval streets, beautiful Renaissance houses... don't come here in summer, the place is crowded! But anyway, Sarlat is such a dream... The city dates back to Roman era, when they were called it Sarrum. In the reign of Charlemagne, Benedictine monks moved in and founded the monastery of Saint-Sauveur. The small city raised and extended little by little. In 1317, pope Jean XXII gave it a bishopric and an episcopal palace was built.

In the 13th and 14th centuries, the Hundred Years War damaged Sarlat a lot! But the little city resisted against the English troops, so king of France Charles VII gave it privileges, as the exemption of taxes. At that time were raised nice houses and town houses you'll still see in the current city.