From the church to the Bergere Door
  • 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.

  • Le Dorat chapter was made up of canons. Anne Massoni, a Medieval History lecturer at the University of Limoges, explains the role played by these monks and how their lives were organized in the city.


    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.

  • The collegiate church is decorated with remarkable Romanesque sculpted capitals, which you can see up close in this video.

  • The chapter’s prosperity developed thanks to the worship of the relics of two local saints, Israel and Theobald. Find out more thanks to this audio guide and its slides.

  • Le Dorat’s organ is an exceptional 19th century instrument. Organ-maker Jean-Loup Boisseau invites you to discover how the organ works, to meet organ-player Dominique Lasnier and to hear him play.

  • Jacques Pérot, who applied for the « Ostensions Limousines » UNESCO registration, explains the medieval roots of this tradition. Laurent Gouneau, the town’s priest, discusses the specificity of Le Dorat’s Ostensions.

  • Find out how and why the fortified tower became part of the collegiate church’s harmonious architecture in the 15th century.

  • 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.

  • Find out about « hôtel de la Pouge », one of Le Dorat’s remarkable buildings, among the many residences built by the town’s law officers and court notables.

  • 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.

  • The collegiate church tower’s arrow has an angel upon it. Find out more in this audio guide.

From the church to the Bergere Door

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.

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