Maquis de Durestal

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Province : Black Périgord

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    • 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 tour on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 3pm (4€ - free for children under 12).

      - Group visits : information on +33 (0) 5 53 53 41 05

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Traveller Reviews

4.6 sur 5 14 reviews

  • allain martine

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by allain martine on 20/09/2020

    2 hours of tour and 2 hours of a story section on the resistance with a speaker who knows very well what happened during this period. To do and well done to its volunteers.

  • titif minux

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by titif minux on 17/09/2018

    Very interesting, rich in information. With the reconstruction related to Heritage Days. This past history is taking on relief. Passionate people explain and respond with a smile and interest.

  • Laetitia Verdugier

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Laetitia Verdugier on 15/09/2018

    A very good narrator who had the chance to know guerrillas. THANK YOU

Traveller Reviews

5.0 sur 5 6 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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  • "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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  • "Haut lieu de la Résistance."

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by pecharmant (Mouleydier, France) on 09/06/2019

    Est né en été1943 le premier maquis des Sangliers. Mr Goldman alias Réseau "Mireille" se voit confier le recrutement et la formation des hommes. Ce site qui présente les activités et vie du groupe de...

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Address

Maquis de Durestal Le Bourg
24380 Cendrieux

Contacts

Phone : 05 53 03 22 43

GPS coordinates

44° 57'54.66"N, 0° 51'0.18"E

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