It is likely that the occupation of the rocky escarpment overlooking the left bank of the Lot river, facing a circle of cliffs,
tried men from the Gallo-Roman times.
The St. Cirq land belonged to Cardaillac family. In 1229, Bertrand de Cardaillac paid homage to Raymond Count of
Toulouse for this land. One of his descendant, also named Bertrand, received in 1395 the castle and the estate of Saint-Cirq.
It was the source of the barons of Cardaillac St. Cirq.
Later, three families shared the lordship. This triple lordship cause some problems during
the crusade against the Albigenses:
Cardaillacs rallied to the Count of Toulouse;
While the Popie and Gourdon families allied with Simon de Montfort;
In 1251, one of the lords, Bernard de Castelnau, was condemned by the Inquisition to life imprisonment for
having encouraged heretics.
During the Hundred Years War, Hugues IV of Cardaillac was in the French camp, he was a great technician of the artillery.
In 1471, Louis XI had to dismantle the castle of Raymond of Cardaillac who had sided against him in favor of the Duc de Berry
during the War "du bien public". It was rebuilt during the reign of Charles VIII, who granted great favors to Raymond
of Cardaillac, to compensate the damages caused under Louis XI.
This old pattern is repeated at the time of the Religions War: Cardaillac became the leader of the Protestants of Languedoc
while St. Sulpice remained Catholic.
Friends, however, they agreed to prohibit all violence in their common city, but in 1580, breaking the truce,
Huguenots seized the castle from above, Henry of Navarre was demolished.
The town is located 30 km east of Cahors in the heart of Regional Natural Park of Quercy Limestone.
The medieval village overlooking the Lot river.
Major site in the Lot Valley, Saint Cirq Lapopie married its high cliff to form a Gothic set of
a striking harmony, due to the fact that homes using only three materials:
Each roof is covered with local tuilot, made from local clay almost blood color;
Each wall is built with limestone ivory of surroundings area;
Each door or piece of wood is carved into the brown oak of the limestone.
Thus, materials and colors vibrate together with a subtlety intact since the Middle Ages.
The Pilgrimage of Compostela
On the Via Podiensis of Pilgrimage of St Jacques de Compostela, we come from Cabrerets, the next town
Cahors, the St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Pont Valentré. Shortly after the pilgrims were joined by those who
had borrowed the Lot valley.