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Molières, an English bastide, was founded in 1284 by Jean de Grailly, Seneschal of England. It was never completed and do not experience the urban expansion of Monpazier. In 1316, Ghilem de Toulouse, Seneschal of Périgord for Edward II of England chose to make Molières his base and build a château there. However, this too was never finished.
The town suffered badly in the Hundred Years War and was rebuilt afterwards only to be destroyed again by the Wars of Religion.


Molières is in the south-east of the ‘Périgord Pourpre’, very close to the ‘Périgord Noir’ in the canton of Le Buisson de Cadouin near Cadouin and St Avit Sénieur. It is reached by the D27, the VC 204 and the VC 213.
With a surface area of 2286 hectares, Molières counts a population of
(official population on January 1, 2017 ).


Molières is a pastoral village, most appealing right when you set your eyes on it as you pass the bends of the roads leading to its heart. It is a charming Bastide surrounded by walnut trees carefully looked after, and the many lanes there are an invitation to take a stroll around. The whole story of the village, which is the smallest Bastide in Perigord, can be seen in the golden stone walls and the general architecture of the place, which in continually embellished and most loved by his inhabitants.

Text translated by Pays du Grand Bergeracois (professional translator).