France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Sarlat Vue du Ciel, Dordogne, France
This Ascenseur Panoramique (glass-sided elevator/lift) gives wonderful panoramic views of beautiful Sarlat.




In the Ascenseur Panoramique, modern technology and innovative architecture by Jean Nouvel (a Sarladais architect) combine to provide a wonderful experience for visitors to Sarlat.

Located in the bell tower of the former Église Sainte-Marie (also home to a great covered market) (map), the Ascenseur Panoramique or Panoramic Elevator gives you a fine bird's-eye view of Sarlat.

It promotes itself as Sarlat Vue du Ciel, or Sarlat Seen from the Sky, an apt title.

The small glass elevator takes a maximum of 7 people for a 10 minute trip. The congenial elevator operator explains a bit of the history of Sarlat as you go up, and also points out various buildings and landmarks that you can see from the top.

When we went we were the only passengers, so we had a private tour and lots of time to enjoy the view and take pictures of the beautiful town, with its yellow stone buildings and limestone roofs (called lauzes).

Town view, Sarlat, Dordogne, France

The Ascenseur is open from April to December, weather permitting. You can buy your tickets right there—credit or debit card only—or at the Tourist Information Office.

I love aerial views of beautiful places, and we were very excited to find this gem in Sarlat!

Colorful rooftops, Sarlat, Dordogne, France
Views of colorful Sarlat buildings and rooftops
from the top of the elevator.

What to See & Do in Sarlat

About Sarlat

Tourist Information

Sarlat Hotels

Markets in Sarlat

Sarlat Restaurants

Sarlat Transportation

About the Dordogne

About Périgord Noir


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Ascenseur Panoramique, Sarlat, Dordogne, France

Above, Visitors enjoying Sarlat Vue du Ciel,
at the top of the Ascenseur Panoramique.


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