Sarlat in Perigord Noir region, southwest France is a well preserved Medieval city. The region itself, reputed for its spectacular castles was once a place where great battles were fought with legendary names like Simon de Monfort and Bernard de Cazenac. Shrouded in the dark ages, with the hundred years war that began in the early 14th century triggered by feudal conflicts followed by the arrival of the English lead by Edward IV known as the Black Prince, the country was torn apart. But fortunately the city of Sarlat was well protected and spared from vicious attacks. Wandering through its narrow lanes lined with wooden doors, archways, Medieval and Gothic buildings, is to step back in time. Among architectural gems are Sarlat cathedral, burial vaults and an enigmatic Moorish style tower known as Lantern of the Dead. Statues of Saints seen in alcoves along the streets seem to stand guard or meditate. When winds sifts through ruins of tower gates and ramparts, the language of night spoken in whispers descends as shadows thicken on cobblestone streets.
Because of its authenticity, the Sarlat has inspired many film makers to stage their movies, among those are Ridley Scott (the Duellists), Andy Tennant (Ever After), Robert Hossein (Les Misérables), Nina Companez (Colinot Trousse-Chemises) in 1974 where Brigitte Bardot made her last appearance. Film festivals in Sarlat are held annually in November.
With night comes a quietude like held breath. Houses glow under the twilight sky, illuminated and silent from without, bustling within. Spring is the season for Sarlat when view opens out to green valleys of blazing yellow dandelions and fortified castles on rocky hills. Town sights include wisteria thickets and an ancient belfry all part of the enchantment conjured by Medieval Twilight.