A must-see tourist stopover in the heart of the Périgord, Périgueux, with its 29,000 or so inhabitants, is a pleasant town to visit. The city can be discovered like leafing through a history book. From its Gallo-Roman period, the town which was then called Vesunna has preserved several vestiges: the Domus des Bouquets (1st century), a Gallo-Roman villa over which the architect Jean Nouvel built, like a showcase, the Vesunna museum; and nearby, the tower of Vesone, former part of a temple dedicated to the tutelary goddess of the town. Finally, still very close to the museum, the Arena Garden, with the remains of the 2nd century Roman amphitheatre. Concerning its medieval and Renaissance period, the city has preserved the Mataguerre tower (1477), located rue de la Bride, next to the Maison du tourisme, the last tower of its former ramparts; the ruins of the Château Barrière (12th-15th), in the rue de Turenne; and many private mansions. The most interesting are in the protected sector of the town centre, in the rue Limogeanne, with, among others, the Fayard Hotel called "maison Estignard" and, at numbers 1, 3 and 5, a group of Renaissance period houses; further on, on the edge of the Isle and near the cathedral, there is an architectural ensemble called "les maisons des Quais", consisting of three adjoining houses: the Salleton Hotel, the Maison des Consuls and the Maison Lambert. Of course, you can't miss the Saint-Front Cathedral, which reminds us that we are here on one of the major roads leading to Santiago de Compostela. Finally, along with the Vesunna Museum already mentioned above, Périgueux is home to the Périgord Museum of Art and Archaeology and the Périgord Military Museum.

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