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The worthy little sister of Bordeaux

Libourne long took advantage of its location at the confluence of the Isle and Dordogne, point of junction between maritime and river navigations, to assert themselves as the port of Périgord. Nowadays, this commercial city, famous for its markets, remained an important trading center for the wines of the region. Its opulent houses as the quality of the prestigious wines that it exports make it worthy little sister of Bordeaux.

Brief summary of history

In 1268, Edward, King of England, decided to found the bastide of Libourne with a river and sea port on the Dordogne, to become the natural outlet of the Valley of the Dordogne wines exported at the end of the 13th century in England. The Kings of England granted to the city of Libourne, just as they had done for Bordeaux, a 'custom' exempting them from customs duty exportation of these wines. The great period of this traffic is between 1305 and 1336.

Libourne is part of the type of cities built around a square surrounded by arcades to create a market, the bastides. Due to its accession, in 1379, Bordeaux Alliance of defense against French troops, the fortified town of Libourne was called a goddaughter of Bordeaux. This alliance encouraged many commercial exchanges with the Gironde capital.

The Museum of fine arts

The Museum of fine arts presents a remarkable collection of old paintings. Several bequests and donations increased the bottom of local paintings, including the painter libournais René Princeteau, who introduced Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, which he was the first master to the painting of horses.

Museum of fine arts - 42 place Abel-Surchamp, 33500 Libourne - Tel. + 33 (0) 5 57 55 33 44.

Useful information :

Address :
33500 Libourne

Good to know :
Office of tourism of the Libourne area 40, place Abel Surchamps, 33500 Libourne Tel. + 33 (0) 5 57 51 15 04

Free of charge. Guided tour.

Where to stay:

All accommodation