The origins of this fortified town date back to pre-Roman times, when the area was inhabited by the Gauls. In the 10C, the town was home to a powerful monastery and an influential Benedictine abbey. Although it was often besieged, Uzerche was never taken. Today the town is unique, with its many towers, vaulted passageways and old houses adorned with carved doors. The magnificent octagonal bell tower is typical of the Limousin Romanesque style.