The original Saint-Marie church from the 12th century was demolished in 1365 by decision of the consuls because of its out datedness. The church was rebuilt in several stages in the 14th and 15th century. It includes a unique nave and impressive walls as well as its sculpted decoration which is typical of the Southern Gothic design.
During the French Revolution, the church was closed down and it served first as a club and then as a weapons factory. Ruined, it was divided up in 1815. In 1905, it was transformed into a post office, and in 1935 served as a health center.
Later abandoned, the municipality asked architect Jean Nouvel to rehabilitate the building. In 2000, he created two giant steel doors which restore all the scale in the nave by restoring its volume and by opening the triumphant arch which formerly overlooked the choir. The anthracite grey recalls the colour of the “lauzes” – the stone which covers the roofs of Sarlat. At the same time, it evokes the magnificence of the 14th century church and the damage of the 19th century.
All year long
Off season : everyday (except on Thursday) from 8.30 am to 1 pm
High season : everyday from 8.30 am to 2 pm. On Friday : from 9.30 am to 8 pm
The glass lift with panoramic views, housed within Sainte-Marie’s bell tower offers a unique experience. Once at the top, the lift, whose walls are made entirely of glass, allows you a 360° view of Sarlat: the paved streets, the honey stoned walls, the lauze covered roofs...
Office de Tourisme Sarlat Périgord Noir
3, rue Tourny - BP 114
24203 Sarlat Cedex
Tél.: 33 (0) 5 53 31 45 45 - Fax : 33 (0) 5 53 59 19 44
Service du Patrimoine de Sarlat
Tél.: 33 (0) 5 53 29 86 68