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Domfront, mediaeval town

Domfront

19 km from the Grand Domaine Bagnoles de l’Orne.

The mediaeval town

The origins of the town of Domfront are related to the building of the Château. It has preserved its medieval character over the centuries. The old town centre, protected by the Heritage Foundation, also has beautiful timbered houses, narrow cobbled streets, courtyards and mansions, all protected by 18th century ramparts and 24 towers, of which eleven are still visible.

 

The château

On a rocky outcrop over seventy metres above the river Varenne, the first Château de Domfront was a wooden construction built by William of Belleme around 1010. The ruins we see today are the remains of the stone keep. Walls, towers, a drawbridge and a chapel complete the château site.

 

The church of Notre-Dame sur l’Eau

The Church of “Notre Dame sur l'Eau” was built in the late 11th century by the founder of the Château de Domfront, it is a jewel of Norman Romanesque architecture.

 

The church of Saint-Julien

The church of Saint-Julien was listed in 1993 because of its architectural and artistic interest, originality and unity. It is a rare, well-preserved example, almost untouched since its construction. It was built in 1924 in the neo-Byzantine style, in reinforced concrete. Free to visit.

 

Domfront website

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