Provence Holidays
1 - The Village des Bories

Heritage in Gordes

Luberon > Gordes

Situated just outside the village of Gordes, the Village des Bories is a veritable oasis of time. This group of dry-stone buildings offers a fascinating insight into traditional rural life in Provence.

A Journey Through Time
Dating back to the Bronze Age, the Village des Bories consists of dry stone structures, built by local populations centuries ago. These ancestral dwellings, called "bories," were once used by farmers and shepherds to shelter from the natural elements and store their tools.

Architecture and Ingenuity
The architecture of the bories is both simple and ingenious. The thick stone walls provide natural insulation against summer heat and winter cold, while the vaulted roofs ensure remarkable structural stability. The use of dry stone, without any mortar, attests to the ingenuity of ancient builders.

A Historical Stroll
As you wander through the Village des Bories, you will be transported back in time. The narrow streets and shaded passages invite you to explore every corner of this preserved site. You will discover dwellings, granaries, livestock enclosures, and even a bread oven, all bearing witness to the daily life of the past.

A Cultural Treasure
Listed as a Historic Monument since 1977, the Village des Bories is now preserved and maintained by enthusiasts who ensure its conservation. Guided tours are available to allow visitors to better understand the history and significance of this exceptional site.

An Unforgettable Experience
Whether you are a history enthusiast, an architecture lover, or simply in search of authenticity, a visit to the Village des Bories is an unforgettable experience. Let yourself be enchanted by the timeless charm of these ancestral constructions and immerse yourself in the history of Provence.

Don't miss the opportunity to discover this heritage gem on your next visit to Provence. The Village des Bories offers a captivating dive into the history and culture of the region.