The nearest town to our farm B&B in the commune of Castels is Saint-Cyprien, which is home to a beautiful old abbey.
I read over at North of the Dordogne that the abbey has an interesting history..
“Back in 620AD a hermit called St Cyprien took up residence in a cave overlooking the Dordogne Valley. Gradually a religious community grew up around him. Barbarian invasions of the 9th century led monks to build defensive walls.”