The town has few historic buildings as it was destroyed by the Germans in March 1944, the only remaining buildings being the church and the house adjacent. The destruction was caused because two German officers were captured by the French Resistance during World War II. The captives were not harmed but escaped and returned to the town for retribution. No one was killed during the destruction but a rape was reported and many private families had all their possessions stolen by the German army.
These days the town is a good place to stay to visit the various historical sites of the region. It had its own history in the Rouffignac Cave which is many miles deep and has prehistoric cave paintings of woolly mammoths and other animals. The town is a living community and holds a market on Sunday mornings which sells many local products.