Domme, Dordogne

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A general view of Domme
A general view of Domme
Coat of arms of Domme
Coat of arms
Location of Domme
Domme is located in France
Domme is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Coordinates: 44°48′08″N 1°12′52″E / 44.8022°N 1.2144°E / 44.8022; 1.2144Coordinates: 44°48′08″N 1°12′52″E / 44.8022°N 1.2144°E / 44.8022; 1.2144
CantonVallée Dordogne
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jocelyne Lagrange
24.91 km2 (9.62 sq mi)
 • Density38/km2 (98/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
24152 /24250
Elevation60–303 m (197–994 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Domme (Occitan: Doma) is a commune in the Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France. It is sometimes called the "Akropolis des Périgord".


Aerial view of Domme

Domme is 250 metres (820 ft) above sea level on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Dordogne river. With its trapezoid city plan, Domme is a bastide (a fortified medieval town) adapted to the surrounding terrain, and thus falling short of the rectangular city plan characteristic to bastides.

Today a member of the association Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The Most Beautiful Villages of France"), Domme has two public spaces of medieval origin: the commercial Place de la Halle ("Market Hall Square") and the Place de La Rode, where the breaking wheel entertained the public. There were two other notable locations in the village: the fair and the moneyer's house.



Templar graffiti on a prison wall

Founded as a stronghold in 1281 by Philip the Bold following his campaign along the Dordogne river, Domme obtained the privilege of minting its own currency.

In 1307, the Knight Templars were imprisoned in Domme during the trial against them, of which hundreds of Templar graffiti still bear witness. They used a code system involving series of geometric figures: the octagon represented the Grail, the triangle surmounted by a cross represented Golgatha, the square represented the Temple, and the circle represented the imprisonment. Similar inscriptions (of disputed authenticity) has been found in other towns such as Loches, Gisors, and Chinon.

During the Hundred Years' War, the bastide was coveted by the English who first took the town in 1347 and repeatedly changed rulers throughout the war until 1437 when it finally fell under French rule again.

The Wars of Religion brought new turmoil. Protestants took the city in 1588 by climbing the cliffs at night to open the gates. A short success, as the Protestant captain had to hand the bastide in which he was entrenched back to the Catholics in 1592. The city then witnessed popular revolts (Jacquerie des Croquants) in 1594 and 1637.

Domme prospered during the seventeenth century only to decline thereafter, which greatly facilitated its preservation in modern time. [2]


Historical population

Points of interest[edit]

Domme is famous for its fortifications, which were completed by 1310. The Porte des Tours with the main entrance loads to two drum-shaped towers of stone on the east and west part of the wall. The hall, was first erected in 17th century, facing the main marketplace. [3] The Maison du Gouverneur, on the Place de la Halle, is a fortress-like building with tower and turrets and it is the main part of the town.[4]


The village, including the church and the ramparts, also served as a filming location for Le Tatoué by Denys de La Patellière with Jean Gabin and Louis de Funès in 1968.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b This section was a free translation of the French article as of June 5 2011
  3. ^ Domme, John Reps Bastide Collection, Cornell University Library
  4. ^ Domme - a beautiful Dordogne town set high above the river, North of the dordogne