On my way down the Luberon mount, a stone’s throw away from stunning Gordes, my attention was captured by a modest sign pointing towards a tiny entrance: Village des bories
I was accessing the mysteries of Village des Bories.
Being from Sardinia, dotted with stone towers all over its territory, the whole stone village looked pretty familiar. Our stone towers are called “nuraghi” because they date back to nuragic times. Stones are not glued to one another, but simply lean against each other, and have managed to hold this way for some 3,000 years.
The bories, compared to the nuraghi, are made with smaller and sharper stones. Their aspect is as austere as Sardinian bronze-age towers, and while I strolled about what seemed like a ghost village I had the impression to be stepping back in a remote time.
The different stone huts have different purposes: they can be houses, caves, sheep-pens, or just different working areas. Journeying through the village is a little like journeying across the history of Provence, and understanding the evolution of its society through its working tools and dwelling habits.
A stroll around this otherworldly place is very fascinating as the village is kept in its original settings, making it easier for us to imagine the daily life of these huts dwellers who, judging from the way they built their village and the fact that their houses are still there despite passing centuries and different weather conditions, must have been pretty clever.
The tour is completed with a small photo gallery that puts the visitor in a geographical and historical journey following the creation of similar stone buildings all over the world, from Sardinia, to Turkey, to California, almost to suggest that after all we all belong to the same planet.
One of my favorite aspects of traveling is indeed the possibility to appreciate first hand the common characters in every country. I know all human beings inhabit the same planet and share the same resources, but it’s still nice to see it remarked.