Maquis de Durestal

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Location : In the countryside

Province : Black Périgord

  • English
    • This walking tour through the woods allows, with the help of informative panels and a few reconstructions, to get an idea of what the life of a Perigourdian maquis was like in the years 1943-44.

      In this maquis, stayed (among others) André Malraux, for two days at the end of May 1944. He was impressed by the number of resistance fighters present, to the point of evoking "a sort of city in the woods" . Here was also born the group "Ancel", future battalion "Strasbourg" of the Alsace-Lorraine brigade that André Malraux had the honor to command.

      This "Chemin de la Mémoire" was inaugurated in 2013, after 3 years of meticulous reconstruction work led by the Departmental Center for the Memory of the Dordogne and its president Jean-Paul Bedoin assisted by the Association "La mémoire de our Fathers", from the General Council, from the municipality of Cendrieux, from the former community of communes of the Pays Vernois. It owes a lot to the work of Rémy Bousquet and Fernand Sabouret, who knew the site of the liberation and invested themselves without reserve in the project.

      It includes a memory trail, dotted with informative panels and, at the very place of its origin, a heart of scrub reconstructed according to historical evidence : strip huts : dormitory, kitchen, ammunition compartment and even prison. Authentic, the graves dug for the traitors shot on the spot give the whole a striking reality.



      Tourist Office of Grand Périgueux :
      9 BIS Place du Coderc
      24000 PÉRIGUEUX
      Phone: +33 (0) 5 53 53 10 63

      Timetables & Prices :
      In July and August from Monday to Friday (except public holidays)
      - Reception from 2pm to 5pm with the possibility of renting an audio-guide* adult French-English
      as well as for children under 12 years old (2€). *Possibility of renting until 16h15
      - Guided tours of the Maquis on Thursdays at 3 p.m. from July 15 to August 19. Guided tours at 4€ from 12 years old. Audio guide rental: 2€.

      - theatrical visits on Saturday July 24 and Sunday August 15 at 6€/person.
      And leave "group visits: information on 05 53 53 41 05.
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Traveller Reviews Maquis de Durestal

4.5 sur 5 24 reviews

  • Nathalie Noguere

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Nathalie Noguere on 12/07/2022

    Place of memory on an easy route a real abandoned village..

  • Philippe Derenoncourt

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by Philippe Derenoncourt on 09/09/2021

    Reconstruction of a maquis. Interesting. A little complicated to find. Lack of indications. Last very stony section. Avoid with a low car.

  • Céline C

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Céline C on 18/08/2021

    I found this little trail well done (we visited it freely, it was not the day of the guided tour). A good opportunity to talk to our children about resistance.

Traveller Reviews Maquis de Durestal

5.0 sur 5 7 reviews

  • "Very interesting"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by fssutton1 (Charleston, South Carolina) on 12/11/2018

    This is in the woods as you would expect. Thus make sure you are prepared with the correct shoes and bug spray etc as there are mosquitoes. I would drive all the way to the main hut. All of the...

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  • "Une belle rencontre"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by Venture26051623016 (Couze-et-Saint-Front, France) on 07/03/2021

    Un lieux protégé où l'on se plonge dans la vie du camp des maquisards. On y rencontre les traces de l'infirmerie, du radio et même une petite prison. Une belle page d'histoire.

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  • "Muy interesante"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by Olga S (Terrassa, Spain) on 01/08/2019

    Supimos de su existencia por la oficina de turismo de Perigueux, y enseguida nos interesamos por visitarlo. Nos encantó la visita, el guia explica muy bien, y es muy atento a todas las preguntas y...

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Maquis de Durestal

Address

Le Bourg
24380 Cendrieux

GPS coordinates

44° 57'54.66"N, 0° 51'0.18"E

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