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La Roque-Gageac: photo, description La Roque-Gageac)

The ancient village of La Roque-Gageac refers to the type of settlements, which is also called the "swallow's nest" - clinging to the rocks houses, who lived in the Middle ages people had built for protection from enemies or wild animals. The village is situated in the Dordogne Department of the Aquitaine region. One of the closest towns - Sarlat-La-canéda.

La Roque-Gageac is on the list of most beautiful villages of France. Today it is home to almost three to four times less inhabitants than in the Middle ages. But the village is visited by many tourists wishing to see the local sights.

One of them is the fortress of the XII century troglodytes. "Troglodytes" in France were called hermits, who dwelt in natural caves and grottoes or built-out homes in the mountains. The fortress in La Roque-Gageac has been built on top of a rocky cliff, but unfortunately, in 2010, part of the roof of the fortress collapsed, and at present it is questionable.

Another attraction of the village - castle de Tarde. It belonged to Jean (Giovanni) Tardu, a native of La Roque-Gageac, which was a versatile scholar, and has traveled during a trip to Italy he met with Galileo Galilei. In addition, the village has preserved the remains of a castle of the Archbishop of Sarlat.

The streets of La Roque-Gageac is decorated with various exotic tropical plants. Village like covered with rocks from the cold North winds, so here the nature created a microclimate suitable for southern plants. Here you can see palm trees, banana trees, Fig trees, bamboo and agave.

On the outskirts of the village is another attraction - the castle de Malarte, he's not too old - was built only in the XIX century, and covers the neighbouring commune of Vezac.