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Village Des Bories House Gordes France
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As you motor through Provence, taking in the sights, smells and food that it has to offer, it can be easy to overlook some of the hidden gems. Known for its quaint villages, old cities dating back to the Roman times and beyond, beautiful Mediterranean coastline and gastronomy, Provence also is home to the "Village des Bories".

While there is conflicting evidence regarding the date of its origin, ranging from the 7th to the 18th century, one thing is for sure: these buildings are impressive! Even though they are small in stature, the skill that went into placing the stones without any mortar is impressive. It isn't until you look closely at the stonework that you really start to appreciate it. Definitely worth a visit.

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