Beyond the walls - Les Tours de Merle

Exhibition at Argentat and Projects in link

In 2020, the Tours de Merle go out !

Two exhibition projects beyond the walls highlight the site at Argentat-sur-Dordogne.

Since the opening and the choice to maintain and revalorize the site's heritage and until the 1st of January 2020, the Saint-Geniez-ô-Merle townhall managed the Tours de Merle. If the municipality remains owner of the racking assembly, the management, planning and maintenance of the site now are under the responsability of the federation of municipalities Xaintrie Val'Dordogne. 

A perfect occasion for our towers to settle into their territory of Xaintrie and to offer activities in link with other intercommunal facilities and local players!


 "Co-lords of the Merle castrum's dwellings in Limousin, Auvergne and Quercy regions between the XIIIth and the XVth century"

Lords' roaming is an important data in the middle-ages. The Merle families weren't only co-lords in this place. They possessed dwellings out of the "castrum", of which we can fin some tracks today in the neighbour regions and sometimes further... Discover this part of history and the most emblematic settlements.

This exhibition originates from an intervention by Angélique Marty, archeologist and mediaevalist, at the Tours de Merle in 2017. Her researches and presentation inspired the project, picked up again in 2019. Sarah Laval, guide intern during the summer, restarted the research and ground work, in order to propose a pre-exhibition file to the team.

These previous works are the starting point and the base of our concise and global presentation. Today, it is part of a partnership between the Maison du Patrimoine, museographic space of the municipality of Argentat, and the Tours de Merle, project promoter into the federation of municipalities Xaintrie Val'Dordogne.

It will take place from the 3rd of June to the 27th of September 2020, at the Maison du Patrimoine of Argentat-sur-Dordogne, in the first place. Indeed, this exhibition is destined to become itinerant too...

 > In June and September: from wednesday to sunday

 > In July and August: from tuesday to sunday

From 10 to 12 am and from 3 to 6 pm. Free entrance


The municipality of Argentat-sur-Dordogne offers a showcase to the site for a contemporary and ancient pictures exhibition of the Tours de Merle.

A nice occasion to highlight the site and the past winners of our photo competition, organized every year since 2014.

Find the Towers in the best possible lights and angles, from the 13th of June to the 17th of July 2020.

Shop-window under the arcades in front of the townhall, avenue Pasteur, at Argentat-sur-Dordogne



The artist Joël Thepault uses elements from nature and creates with you a short-lived work-of-art into the Tours de Merle.

This exceptional intervention is proposed in link with the event "Argentat celebrates Marinette" and the summer exhibitions of Argentat-sur-Dordogne : herbarium… at the Xaintrie Val'Dordogne library and at Nuage Vert (mobile museum of the Dordogne valley). A tribute is payed to Marinette Cueco, born in Argentat-sur-Dordogne, creator of herbarium and giant vegetal weaves.

In July: on saturday, the 18th, sunday the 19th and monday the 20th of July 2020 - Between 2 and 6 pm

Continual access. From 6 years old

For further information about the events at the Library and the Nuage Vert Association:

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