An 'English' bastide town, founded towards the end of the 13th century, Molieres was never completed. It then suffered considerably during the later wars - the Hundred Years War and the Wars of Religion.
The market hall that once stood in the centre of the square has disappeared, as have much of the arcades that would have surrounded the main square and can be seen in some of the other bastides such as Monpazier and Villereal.
For all that medieval destruction Molieres remains one of our favourite villages in the southern Dordogne region and is very worthy of a visit.
Not overly restored, the square especially has the feel of being unchanged with the centuries.
There is also an interesting church in Molieres, a few metres away from the main square.
It doesn't take very long to amble around the square and along the 'high street' - time perhaps for a relaxing rest in the small cafe in Molieres.
While in Molieres you can visit the 'House of Walnuts' - an exhibition celebrating the important role that walnuts continue to play in the Dordogne region.
Molieres Photo Gallery (click any photo to expand)
Map of Molieres & places nearby
Castle Town village