History of La Roque Gageac
La Roque-Gageac has been occupied by humans since pre-historic times. Evidence of this is seen through the excellent condition of the Roman well, the remains of an ancient route and a Villa from the Gallo-Roman era.
The locals often built themselves into the side of the cliffs in fortified houses for extra protection. This was very useful when the Vikings sailed their “Drakkars” up the Dordogne. During another time period, the gates at each end of the village served as blockades to stop the invasions of the english.
The village survived the Hundred Years War with little damage, and subsequently attracted the wealthy and intelligent Bourgeois and Noblemen. Throughout the following decades, the “style” of the village changed from arrow-slits in walls, blockades and fortified buildings to something more attractive and stylish (the pointed roofs). For a closer look at the roofs, check out our video on Youtube here.