Collonges-la-Rouge

Collonges-la-Rouge is a town situated in the Corrèze area in the Limousin region of France. Collonges la Rouge is entirely built with red sandstone from the local quarry and has been in existence since the 8th century ( The marketplaces date back to the 16th and 17th centuries, and the covered passage is listed as a historical monument.), when the monks of Charroux Abbey founded a priory. Peasants, craftsmen and tradesmen all move to the area and prospered around the abbey walls on the trade of Pilgrims who were travelling to Compestelle in Spain from Rocamadour. Collonges la Rouge is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France association (“The most beautiful villages of France”), and is actually where this association was created. Its one of the most visited sites in the Limousin.

Houses

  • The Maison de la Sirène, possesses a vaulted porch and dates back to the 16th century. It belonged to Henry de Jouvenel, one of famous french writer Colette’s husbands. It is listed as a historical monument. A 3 franc postage stamp representing the Maison de la Sirène was issued on July 3, 1982 ;
  • the priory, built in the 16th century, is a historical monument since July 4th 1951 for its facade with balcony and its roof ;
  • the ancient sisters’ house, built in the 16th century, is a historical monument since July 4 th 1951.

Rue de la Barrière (Barrière Street)

  • The 16th-century Bonyt house is a historical monument for its facade, roof and spiral staircase ;
  • the Boutang du Peyrat house, with parts of the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries, is a historical monument. The protected elements are a window with preserved Louis XIII woodwork, a 17th-century entrance door, a wooden chimney, its facade and roof ;
  • the 16th-century Julliot house is a historical monument for its facade, roof and entrance stairs ;
  • the Dey house is a historical monument ;
  • a 16th- and 18th-century house on the Place de la Halle is a historical monument for its facade, loggia, and roof.

The Poignet house has a 17th-century window listed as a historical monument. The Salvant et Vallat house is also a historical monument.

Official buildings

  • The ancient court of the Châtellerie (16th century) is a historical monument since December 13, 1978 ;
  • the ancient town hall (with parts from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries) has its facade, roof, and stone chimney listed as national monuments since January 4 th 1951.

Castles, hotels and noble houses

  • The manoir de Vassinhac (14th and 16th centuries), with elements of fortifications, is a historical monument ;
  • the château or hôtel du Friac or de Beaurival (hôtel de Beaurival), 15th century, is a historical monument since December 17, 1926 ;
  • the château de Benge, with parts from the 16th and 18th centuries, was listed as a historical monument by the orders of September 23, 1953 and march 18th 1954 ;
  • the castel Maussac, 15th and 16th centuries, is a historical monument since December 17, 1926 ;
  • the château du Breuil ;
  • the château du Martret, with parts from the 16th and 19th centuries, is a historical monument ;
  • the manoir de Beauvirie, 16th century, is a historical monument ;
  • the château de Beauregard, 15th century, is a historical monument since December 17, 1926.

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