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Périgueux is a commune in the Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France.Périgueux is the prefecture of the départment. It is also the seat of a Roman Catholic diocese.HistoryThe name Périgueux comes from Petrocorii, a Latinization of Celtic words meaning "the four tribes" – the Gallic people that held the area before the Roman conquest. Périgueux was their capital city. In 200 BC, the Petrocorii came from the north and settled at Périgueux and established an encampment at La Boissière. After the Roman invasion, they left this post and established themselves on the plain of L'Isle, and the town of Vesunna was created. This Roman city was eventually embellished with amenities such as temples, baths, amphitheatres, and a forum. At the end of the third century AD, the Roman city was surrounded by ramparts, and the town took the name of Civitas Petrocoriorum.In the 10th century, Le Puy-Saint-Front was constructed around an abbey next to the old Gallo-Roman city. It was organised into a municipality around 1182.During the year 1940, many Jews from Alsace and Alsatians were evacuated to Périgueux.Simone Mareuil (a lead actress from the surrealist film Un Chien Andalou) committed self-immolation on 24 October 1954 by dousing herself in gasoline and burning herself to death in a public square in Périgueux.To personalize your trip to Perigueux, create itinerary details specific to you using our France trip planner.
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$149 BOOK WITH VIATOR Saint-Emilion Electric Bike Day Tour with Wine Tastings & Lunch
Duration: 7 to 8 hours
$109 BOOK WITH VIATOR Saint-Emilion Half Day Electric Bike Tour with Wine Tastings and Picnic Lunch
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
$33 BOOK WITH VIATOR Taste Scratching in the Middle of Arabian Horses Laurence Of Arabians | Dordogne
Duration: 3 hours
$46 BOOK WITH VIATOR Saint-Émilion: Guided Tour of Castles & Tasting - Picnic option
Duration: 2 hours
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