Just over the Corrèze border this small town deserves its 'one of the most beautiful villages of France' classification. Strategically located at the top of a limestone plateau, the fortress, the ramparts and fortified towers of Saint Robert still impress today.
The pilgrimage church of Saint Robbert is at the center, a listed historic monument since 1862, and worth a visit. The Church was damaged and destroyed several times over the course of history, then rebuild with new additions. At some time the nave was broken down, leaving an interesting cluster; the chancel, the ambulatory, transept and apsidal chapels (all 12th century), square towers and an octagonal lookout tower. An ambulatory (circulation gallery around the chancel), allowed pilgrims to kneel in front of relics kept in the apsidioles.
Make sure not to miss the garden left of the church down the stairs with a panoramic view of the landscape from the rampart. The village is build out of local limestone and a short walk passes a 16th century chapel, two fortified gateways, a 'pigeon's loft' and the 12th century monastery.
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