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Cahors, Lot

Cahors, the capital of the Lot Departement

Cahors is the capital of the Lot Département, it was founded by the Romans in the 1st century BC; rebuilt, enlarged and the fortifications improved under the Bishop of Cahors, St Desiderius, in the 7th century.

You can tour the old part of the city centre on the little train (below), but it will only give you glimpses of the beautiful medieval streets; if you visit don't give the city short shrift, spend a day or two exploring on foot. The shopping is great too.

A word of warning: don't plan to be travelling through here on a public holiday. Cahors is surrounded by steep hills on three sides and the River Lot on the fourth, and you could be stuck in a 5-mile tailback on the N20.

Cahors' most famous feature is the Pont Valentre, that has its own page in the Pôt Pourri section.

The little tourist train that tours the centre of Cahors

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