Place and History

Witness to a Millennium of History: A Roman Treasure in the Heart of the Périgourdine Countryside

The existence of the church is recorded at the beginning of the 12th century in a charter from the Cadouin cartulary. The main attraction lies in the exceptional sculpted ensemble found in the choir.

From the 9th century, Périgord saw the birth of abbeys like Paunat and Sarlat. The countryside was ruined and depopulated by invasions, wars, plague and the anarchy reigning in the Middle Ages. Their repopulation and land development are largely due to religious communities and the formation of lordships. We see new parishes and scattered hamlets being established. We can think that the creation of Monbos (in Occitan mon bosc = wooded mountain) dates from this period. The existence of the church is recorded in 1135 in a charter from the Cadouin cartulary. The text mentions the church of MONBOS where Boson, Count of Grignols, donated all his Perigord goods to the monks of Cadouin.

The church has survived a millennium despite the Hundred Years' War which began in the surrounding area between Puyguilhem and Moncuq, religious schisms, the postulate of modesty of the Council of Trent and the French Revolution. Over the centuries, the Monbos church has been remodeled several times, including four major phases of reconstruction.


The Stages of Time: A journey through key moments in history.

Exceptional sculptures

The main attraction of this church lies in an exceptional set of sculptures located in the choir.

Wall details

The two couples of lovers on the tailor even inspired Bernard Lesfargues in a poem titled “Les Amants de Monbos”.

Various restorations

Restoration work started in 1985 (repair of the framework, roofing, construction of the ceiling).