In the 17th century, in order to fight against the plague epidemic, Saint-Ybard sought the Saint-Roch’s protection. At the North of the village, barely hidden among the trees, you will discover the chapel and the miraculous fountain of Saint-Roch. A celebration is devoted to the saint each year on the 16th August.
The family Pérusse des Cars moved in Saint-Ybard from the 11th century and become the owner of numerous houses including the Chateau de Garaboeuf that have been destroyed at the 18th century. Only three important towers remain today.
In the 16th and the 17th centuries, the family created a steel industry on the right bank of the Vezere. This industry was told to be swept out to the waters in 1617. Still today, you can see the blast furnace remains.
At 5km from the Saint-Ybard market town, you can see the Bialet waterfalls, a remarkable natural site, at the same time wild, relaxing and refreshing.
Spanning the Vezere River, between the municipalities of Saint-Ybard and Uzerche, you can find the bridge of the Gour Noir, a railway viaduct built between 1888 and 1889. The rises in the Vezere water level avoided the building of the foundations; it was built with only one 65m long arch.
In 1995, the A20 viaducts was built to allow the Uzerche detour. This bridge was built to span the Vezere River and was impressively high.
The new park of Garaboeuf is a cultural and historical space where the castle, the fountain and different sculptures are highlight. A touristic and landscape park where you can take a walk path, enjoy a fishing pond, a picnic area, a boules pitch and children play area.
The Bialet waterfalls are also the departure of the hike “From falls to viaducts”, that will show you the former forge remains, the Gour-Noir railway viaduct and the A20 bridge.