Note: Périguex was an important Roman settlement of Gallic Petrocorii. In 730 it was sacked by Saracens and then by the Normans in 844. The medieval town developed around an abbey between the 5th and 14th centuries. It was one of the pilgrimage sites on route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, home of the shrine dedicated to Saint James, the patron saint of Spain. The present city was created in 1240 by the joining of La Cité and Puy-Saint-Front. It suffered as a Protestant stronghold during the 16th century. Périguex contains various Roman remains and Romanesque churches.