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Curse, sects, white lady… The secrets of the disturbing “Devil’s Gate” near Dijon

It’s a place that many Dijon residents know, or knew in their youth: the “Devil’s Gate”, located between Plombières-lès-Dijon and Daix (Côte-d’Or). A place that also attracts lovers of esotericism. We tell you more about this mysterious construction.
 
 
Want to shiver before Halloween? France 3 returns to the mystery of the “Devil’s Gate”, with Clément Lassus-Minvielle, guide-lecturer at Dijon Archéo Tour, historian and author of the book “Dijon mysterious”. This door is accessed by a small road, after crossing the town of Plombières-lès-Dijon. Rue Bernard Courtois leads to a small hill, to a place called, and the gate is visible from the road.
 
An old estate at a place called “Champmoron”
 
The building stands mysteriously on the edge of the forest: a stone door and no ruins nearby. Something to question. This door has several names: “Devil’s door”, “White Lady door” or even “Bonnet door”.
 
There are multiple testimonies: some saw the devil, others a white lady. Testimonies say that their car broke down in front of the door, others say that sects meet there at night
 
 
''THE LEGEND SAYS THAT IF WE GO THROUGH THIS DOOR AND EMERGE IN THE SAME PLACE, WE ARE DAMNED FOR PERHAPS SEVERAL GENERATIONS” EXPLAINS THE GUIDE-SPEAKER CLÉMENT LASSUS-MINVIELLE.
 
What contributes to the mystery is that “this monument has no place at all in this forest”, recognizes Clément Lassus-Minvielle. We wonder who “decided to place this door here for an astonishing, quite mysterious purpose, next to an ancient castle. We don’t know why he decided to do this.”
 
Unfortunately for lovers of esotericism, the presence of this stone door in this location can be explained by completely rational facts.
 
Why the “Devil’s Gate”?
 
The guide-lecturer affirms, at the risk of destroying certain beliefs, that “this door was never placed for any convent. In reality, it’s a door frame that comes from another place in Dijon.”
 
At the top of the door, in the center, there is “a funny little face that has been hammered, with two ears, which looks like a devil. We too often confuse this figure with the one just above, which is that of a hat.”
 
The explanation for this is quite simple: “It has to do with the owner of the place, a certain Hias Bonnet. He decides to acquire this farm which would have been given to him by his father. At that time, we were in full romanticism, there were romantic ruins almost everywhere. To decorate this new land, he decided to recover decorated blocks from a private mansion on sale in Dijon, after the Revolution. This private mansion will subsequently become the current site… of the departmental archives.
 
 
The estate is a farm built from a castle. Hias Bonnet “decided to make it something luxurious, something that recalled the grandeur of this ancient fortress. He will place the door here, which symbolizes pedestrian access to the entrance to the estate, and much higher, you have to walk for a good ten minutes, there is a magnificent door in the same style, flamboyant Gothic. All of this
 
A devil, but other possible interpretations
 

The devil's head is perhaps also “a bat's head”, or “as in Seurre, a lamb's head”. The lamb symbolizing the sacrifice of Jesus for the people, “this explains why it was hammered out during the Revolution, no doubt”, argues Clément Lassus-Minvielle. 

Valentina Manning

Valentina Manning

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A film and TV production professional currently working as an Associate Producer creating short, doc.