The history of Sarlat, the capital of foie gras.
Sarlat in Périgord began flourishing as a city at the end of the 8th century. There are several references to it in the history books, not least because of its Benedictine abbey which eventually came under the authority of the Holy See in Rome. In 1147, Saint Bernard travelled through Sarlat on his way back from the campaigns and is memorialized by the tower of Saint-Bernard, known as the Lanterne des morts (light of the dead).
The Hundred Years’ War between England and France did not leave Sarlat alone. It was situated as a frontier area between the two kings, although the community defended themselves well. At the Treaty of Brétigny, Sarlat became English, although just ten years later, it was retrieved by the French.
Throughout the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, Sarlat was a flourishing community. After this, it slipped into relative obscurity, and it’s only in the last half a century that it has been rediscovered by enthusiasts.
Thanks to conservation legislation, the old exteriors in the town have been preserved and repaired. The buildings in Sarlat are similar to the recipes in that they have been handed down from generation to generation as a mark of heritage. Today, these buildings have been rescued from sleepiness by a dynamic community. When you visit Sarlat, you’ll be enveloped in a community of calm that will be happy to welcome you again and again.
If you’re looking for exquisite food, look no further than Sarlat Market. It’s open all year round and, depending on the season, you could discover foie gras, cepe mushrooms, magret, confit, truffles, walnuts, and strawberries, not to mention other tasty regional delicacies.
The atmosphere, too, is vibrant and happy. The stalls are plentiful with terrific scents drifting everywhere. Step into Sarlat and experience the history of a community with a rich heritage and excellent taste. Don’t miss out.