This multimedia audio and video tour takes you to explore Le Dorat’s 12th century collegiate church and remarkable constructions such as the town’s mansions.
The town of Le Dorat was founded around a religious community called a chapter. Eric Sparhubert, who is a Medieval History lecturer at the University of Limoges, tells us all about its origins, and helps separate facts from legends.
This great Romanesque church, called a “collegiate church” because it was part of a chapter of canons, has kept its harmonious 12th century architecture. Learn all about its construction thanks to Eric Sparhubert.
Between the 17th and the 20th centuries, le Dorat was home to many religious congregations. Many of the old buildings still remain today [such as Notre Dame du Temple chapel, where you are standing now]. This audio guide explains the history of these communities.
Have a close look at the fountain in the middle of the town square. Mr and Mrs Robert-Lapayrière had it built and donated it to the town, in memory of their two children, Jeanne and Clément, who died in an accident. What do you think the statue is pointing at ?
The castle of the Counts of La Marche stood upon a hill north of the town, between the 12th and the 16th centuries. The people of Le Dorat owe its foundation to their ancestor Boson le Vieux que le Dorat. Listen to the story of the knights and their rivalry with the chapter.
Porte Bergère, one of Le Dorat’s emblematic monuments used to be part of the fortifications which surrounded the town. This audio guide and its slides will help you to fully comprehend Le Dorat’s defense system.