Classified Country and Art and History Vézère Slate, Donzenac has also been awarded the "Village étape" label since 1998. This label from the French Federation of Villages étapes covers different criteria to be respected which ensures the visitor a certain comfort: nearby roads, food services, accommodation, parking spaces, sustainable commitments, and much more…
Donzenac is one of the oldest villages in Corrèze! A large town that was once fortified, it still has its medieval appearance with its winding streets which all lead back to the church district. Walk through its narrow streets and appreciate its old houses covered with gray-blue slates from the local slate quarries of Travassac.
Donzenac, to be visited by day and by night, won the first national prize for the illumination of historic buildings in 1999.
In 2002, this medieval town won the first departmental prize for “Heritage Ribbons” (which honors the actions of municipalities which have rehabilitated places of memory) thanks to its rehabilitation of the 13th century house.
In 2020, Donzenac sees the Regional "Ruban du Patrimoine" floating on its restored Gothic bell tower. One more pride for the Donzenacois.
Discover Donzenac and its heritage thanks to an interpretation circuit allowing you to discover, alone or with your family, the architectural heritage of the city.
This magnificent church consists of a 14th century bell tower-portico, nave with aisles on the flat wall and closed choir. Note that the church tower was classified as a Historic Monument in 1932. Inside the church, in the narthex, you can admire three interesting sculptures: Virgin and Child (decapitated) from the 14th century, with traces of polychromy, Sainte-Madeleine from the 15th century with a graceful attitude and carrying a perfume box as well as a Saint-Jean-Baptiste in a camel hair coat.
This residence is the most famous medieval house in Donzenac and currently has three floors, including a cellar. Due to the different heights of the ground, it is half buried, but you probably didn't realize that until you got there! You are in front of the oldest house in Corrèze.
This chapel was built in 1677 on the remains of the armory of the Château de la Robertie; this ensured the defense of the southern ramparts of Donzenac. The southwest facade connected to the city wall is connected to the square tower. The building consists of a rectangular nave with lateral passages, leading to a rib-vaulted room, at the bottom of the tower, projecting on this side.
About 6 km away: Allassac offers a visit to a fortified church dating backfrom the 14th century, Le Manoir des Tours, without forgetting the unmissable Caesar Tower.
Sainte-Féréole is the festive place to be on Thursday evenings in summer with its famous local producers' market but also an emblematic site of the resistance in Corrèze! Let yourself be guided to the heart of history by taking the Saulières remembrance path, which evokes the maquis who took this forest as a place of refuge.
Enter the heart of this old slate quarry to discover a magnificent and unique place in Europe. Let yourself be carried away by a guided tour of around 1 hour and take a trip back to the 17th century when the slate-making tradition was born in Corrèze.
Travassac slate, a noble product, has exceptional longevity and resistance. The roofs of Donzenac are mainly covered with this material, giving the city this color which makes it its characteristic.
The site also gives you the opportunity to attend a slate-cutting demonstration carried out by professionals and to visit the store. To find out the opening days, opening times and prices, go to the page Pans de Travassac.
Car: A20 - exit n°48 Allassac
Train: the closest station is Allassac
With its slate roofs and narrow streets, the village of Donzenac cherishes its past. Here, in one of the oldest villages in Corrèze, we admire the slates of Travassac, whose sections are located a few kilometers away and we come to see the oldest house in Limousin which dates from the 13th century. In the evening, when the monuments light up, the medieval atmosphere is felt all the more. If at the bend of an intersection, a restaurant suddenly appears, enter and sit down to a local specialty.
Village of Donzenac,
05 55 24 08 80 (Brive Agglomération tourist office)
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