asbdr domme association pour la sauvegarde de la bastide de Domme et de ses remparts : L'Association pour La Sauvegarde de la Bastide de Domme et de ses Remparts fut créée en 1993 sous l’impulsion du Général Fageolles

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DOMME dordogne périgord DOMME ASBDR PERIGORD – Association for the Safeguard of the Bastide of Domme and its Ramparts

PROTECTION OF THE WALLED TOWN AND ITS RAMPARTS ...

DOMME dordogne périgord DOMME ASBDR PERIGORD – Association for the Safeguard of the Bastide of Domme and its Ramparts

The walled town was built in 1281 by King Philip III (Philip the Bold) to gain a strategic foothold between French & English territory.

THE WALLED TOWN
DOMME dordogne périgord DOMME ASBDR PERIGORD – Association for the Safeguard of the Bastide of Domme and its Ramparts

Domme,
Acropolis of the Dordogne

DOMME dordogne périgord DOMME ASBDR PERIGORD – Association for the Safeguard of the Bastide of Domme and its Ramparts

The new town covered an area of 150 hectares on the eastern side on the Domme hill, 150 metres above the Dordogne river.

THE RAMPARTS
DOMME dordogne périgord DOMME ASBDR PERIGORD – Association for the Safeguard of the Bastide of Domme and its Ramparts

An Exceptional Heritage

DOMME dordogne périgord DOMME ASBDR PERIGORD – Association for the Safeguard of the Bastide of Domme and its Ramparts

The site of the town was of significant defensive importance; to the north the sheer rock face rising above the Dordogne formed a formidable natural deterrent. Paradoxically, this difficult access almost resulted in the failure to populate the town.

DOMME dordogne périgord DOMME ASBDR PERIGORD – Association for the Safeguard of the Bastide of Domme and its Ramparts

Protecting the historical site
It was only towards the end of the 19th Century that the town's leaders realised that steps needed to be taken to protect this unique site. In 1909 the commune placed a preservation order on the ramparts and bought back the lengths of wall owned by private individuals. The ramparts were classified as an historic monument in 1910 and in 1912 the Minister of Decorative Arts gave permission for restoration work on the ramparts and gates to be carried out.

The association was created in 1993 under the dynamic leadership of General Fageolles.

The initial goal was to assist in securing and reconstructing the ramparts. Two years later, with two initial projects completed: the east wall of the cemetery and the area below Paul Reclus' house, the State Historic Buildings Architect asked the ASBDR to refocus their efforts on smaller projects such as the balustrade de la Barre overlooking the Dordogne.

Click here to see J-P Bouyssonnie's film about the association and its work. (Before accessing the film, please return to the top of the page to stop/pause the site music. "  DOMME dordogne périgord DOMME ASBDR PERIGORD – Association for the Safeguard of the Bastide of Domme and its Ramparts   This will allow you to follow the soundtrack without additional background music ).

DOMME dordogne périgord DOMME ASBDR PERIGORD – Association for the Safeguard of the Bastide of Domme and its Ramparts

DOMME dordogne périgord DOMME ASBDR PERIGORD – Association for the Safeguard of the Bastide of Domme and its Ramparts