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Exploring Saint Genies
Saint Genies is dominated by the castle and church at the centre of the village. The church was built in the 12th century and has a fortified bell-tower dating from the 14th century. The castle started life as two parallel buildings originally seperated by a street but linked in the 16th century. The castle has a square tower and an overall tower.
With their lovely stone (lauze) roofs and golden stone walls this architectural ensemble is fabulous. Add to this the attractive buildings surrounding these, many with beautiful deep perigordine roofs and all constructed in the same golden stone and the village is a delight.
The chateau is home now to a restaurant which was unfortunately closed when I visited in November but looks very nice and you can eat in the beautiful interiour courtyard with its pond and an original paved medieval pathway.
There is also the ruined donjon of another castle in the village and a small Gothic chapel which has some wonderful frescoes inside.
Every Sunday morning there is a market in the main square of Saint Genies with lots of local products for sale. In July and August there is also an evening market on Wednesdays when tables are laid out in the square and you can go from stall to stall choosing starter, main course and desert from the surrounding stalls, and of course a bottle of local wine to drink with your meal. If you haven't tried one of these evening markets in the dordogne department make sure you do - they are lots of fun and very good value.
Near to Saint Genies
At the edge of the village you can see the ruins of the Chateau de Pelvezy.
The small village of La Cassagne is nearby with its muséé Sem housed in an ancient barn and containing portraits from the Belle Epoque period by the famous caricaturist.
North of St Genies is the romantic chateau de la Grande Filolie from the 14th century. It is private but from the road you can see its lauzes roofs and square towers.
You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.