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45 km from the campsite in Corrèze le Gibanel, Collonges-la-Rouge is one of the most famous towns classified “most beautiful villages of France”. Also nicknamed “the city of twenty-five towers”, it marks and seduces by the architecture of its red sandstone houses and the number of its remarkable buildings. Place of residence of high officials and lawyers in the 16th century, Collonges-la-Rouge is composed of many castels and beautiful houses adorned with pepper mills.
The visit of Collonges is done on foot: in season, the vehicles park outside the village, on a specially arranged carpark. The beautiful facades are discovered by strolling at random alleys animated craft shops and local products. As out of time, the village retains its authenticity: fully buried, power and telephone networks do not disturb the scenery. On your route, monuments and historic homes are particularly remarkable: among them, do not miss the 11th century fortified church in the 16th, and the chapel of the penitents built in the 13th century. The halls of Collonges, particularly preserved, still shelter the bread oven formerly shared by the villagers. The castle of Vassinhac, named after the lords of the village, was built in the 16th century. Its hexagonal towers and turret draw its silhouette, now emblematic of Collonges-la-Rouge. Finally, the house of the Mermaid, which owes its name to the sandstone ornaments of its facade, houses the museum of arts and popular traditions. Its architecture, which includes a vaulted porch, an accolade window and a Gothic door, is also remarkable. Many other buildings, houses, mansions, priory, former tribunal and former town hall, are the subject of a classification to historical monuments.
The most visited site in Limousin, Collonges-la-Rouge comes alive with many events and events in season. Unmissable annual festivals include the Theatrical Festival, which comes alive every Tuesday evening from mid-July to mid-August: this outdoor theater festival brings together a large audience in a warm atmosphere. The first weekend of August sees each year revive the Bread Festival: the opportunity to honor the local products and relight the bread oven of the halls of the village. A festival of visual arts and crafts takes place every year on August 15: it brings together a hundred artists in the streets of Collonges. Finally, on the occasion of Heritage Days, Collonges celebrates the spirit of the Renaissance and the Carnival of Venice. Most art and craft shops or souvenirs open their doors from Easter to All Saints’ Day.

So do not hesitate, and come spend your next holidays in Corrèze with your family!

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