The national label of Country of Art and History Vézère Slate was created in 1985 and brings together 47 municipalities located in the southwest of Limousin. It allows local actors to build cultural projects together by connecting: municipalities, cultural structures and tourist offices. To do this, workshops, guided tours, activities, exhibitions, etc. are organized throughout the year. The team that brings the Land of Art and History to life is very dynamic and inventive.
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Every Friday morning, come and visit the Allassac market, located in front of the church, to stock up on freshness and local products.
Allassac is proud to have prestigious historical monuments. You will not be able to pass through this village without climbing to the top of Caesar Tower and its 5 levels. This medieval tower, built from local stone in the 13th century, is one of the rare round towers from the Middle Ages in Limousin. It has been listed as a historic monument since 1949, as has the Saint-Jean-Baptiste church since 1914 ( built in the 14th century).
The gaillard anecdote:
Allassac was a fortified city which was never besieged. The reason being that the bishops of Limoges, lords of Allassac, were very clever and had found the stratagem of paying ransoms to the attackers so as not to be attacked. These gaillard fellows are crooks!
You can walk and explore the streets of the village. Near the Caesar Tower is the Church of Beheading of Saint-Jean-Baptiste dating from the 12th century. It houses objects classified as historical monuments including the entire high altar, a very beautiful 17th century baroque altarpiece inside. It still has its portal as well as the remains of a tower which was used for defense.
Visit the Tours manor, located on the outskirts of the town, it is an imposing 16th century building and houses the headquarters of the Pays d’Art et Histoire Vézère Ardoise.
Just like Travassac, Allassac sees its rich slate past revived with the reopening of a slate quarry. The Bugeat slate quarries are once again mining slate on the historic quarry site, a site known since the 12th century.
What about bringing it home? The quarry also manufactures a wide range of products such as paving for interior or exterior flooring, building stone, Japanese tiles, building rubble, slate flakes for massifs, etc.
For hikers, the Mesolithic Rock site which dominates the valley has an orientation table which offers a wide panorama and an unforgettable viewpoint. Below you will find the village of Le Saillant crossed by the Vézère presenting the dam, the old bridge and the Saillant castle whose owner (Isabelle De Lasteyrie du Saillant) is at the origin of the Vézère Festival.
You can also visit a charming Chapel with stained glass windows by Marc Chagall located within the grounds of the Château de Lasteyrie (19th century noble house).
Visit the Cave Côteaux de la Vézère which brings together around ten wine growers and around fifty associated wine growers. Located at the Saillant d'Allassac, you will discover a beautiful variety of certified origins appellation wines and their terraced vineyards which will tell you their story.
In Garavet (2 km away), in addition to swimming and fishing, come and discover the different activities offered all summer. Stand Up Paddle, Archery, Tree Climbing, Concerts: something to satisfy all the gaillards!
Allassac has three free car parks:
You also have the possibility of stopping off in a green setting on the banks of the Vézère at the Camping Car Park area on the Garavet plain (paid area).
In the surrounding area, you can discover the medieval city of Donzenac (6 km away), without forgetting the visit to the Pans de Travassac to discover the different facets of slate. Objat (9km away) offers its Sunday morning market and its aquatic center opened every day and all year round.
You came to Allassac, you saw the Ceasar Tower, you overcame vertigo to climb to its summit and from there you were able to contemplate at leisure the slate-clad roofs of the old, once fortified village. The faithful and massive tower, eight centuries later, still bears witness to this medieval era. Then without trembling, you crossed the Vézère at the Garavet site. The die was cast. Swimming, canoeing, archery... What a great day!
Rue de la Tour César,
05 55 24 08 80 (Brive Agglomération tourist office)