Carennac is in a lovely setting above the River Dordogne. The area has been inhabited since Gallo-Roman times as it was a favourable site by the navigable river. It grew in importance from the 11thC after a priory was founded by the powerful Abbey of Cluny. A monastic settlement grew round the priory. The town was ravaged during the Hundred Years War and was eventually rebuilt in C15th. The cloisters and many houses date from this time.

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