Camping near Domme – LA BASTIDE DE DOMME
10km from the campsite, discover Domme, a sumptuous bastide situated on a rocky outcrop. Labeled “
The Most Beautiful Villages of France
“the village offers beautiful visits and a breathtaking view on the Dordogne valley.
The village of Domme full of history in the Périgord Noir near the campsite
Domme was founded in 1281 by the French king Philippe III le Hardi, on top of a cliff to protect himself from a possible English attack. Its strategic position earned it all sorts of vicissitudes during the Hundred Years’ War, with the city constantly switching from one side to the other.
In 1307, the Gate of the Towers was used as a prison by the Templars. 70 prisoners were locked up there. The Templars engraved a message, graffiti composed of words, crucifixes, characters, … still visible today but still indecipherable. Then Domme remained catholic and suffered several attacks during the War of Religions in the 16th century and then knew the uprising of the Perigordian crooks until the 17th century.
Despite its eventful history, Domme has survived the centuries without suffering the ravages of time. The city offers itself to us as it was. You can easily get there by staying at our campsite near Domme.
The Cave of Domme
During your stay in our campsite near Domme, discover the largest cave in the Périgord Noir. Under the bastide, 450 m of galleries – ascent by panoramic elevator with view on the Dordogne valley, are offered to you.
The imposing door of the towers of the Royal Bastide of Domme, a true jewel of the 13th century military architecture, contains strange graffiti.
Indeed, in 1970, the canon Tonnelier attributed them to the famous knights of the Order of the Temple. According to him, 70 Templars were locked up there between 1307 and 1320. They would have engraved their testimony of the end of their lives.
In 2018, during a restoration campaign, a new study of the engravings was commissioned which stated that the theses of Canon Tonnelier could no longer be retained that it was probably “…a place of waiting, even of idleness…” that “…the aesthetic dimension should not be neglected…” and that “…some graffiti may also be purely gratuitous…”
Today everyone is unanimous, the graffiti of Domme remain an exceptional set.
From now on, the mystery of the graffiti of the Towers Gate is relaunched! … No one can come to Domme without trying to see this historical and enigmatic treasure.
But what do you think?
A charming walk at the doors of the campsite near Domme
Domme has many surprises in store for visitors and walkers. Stroll through the picturesque streets lined with blond stone houses and small flower gardens. Walk along the ramparts and admire the vast panorama over the Dordogne valley and the most beautiful neighbouring villages of
. You will be seduced by staying at our campsite near Domme!
The must-see of Domme
– The Templar graffiti
– Caves with concretions
– The terrace of La Barre
– Our Lady of the Assumption Church
– The Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions
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