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Aiguèze

Aiguèze rises on a calcareous spur with a sheer drop to the river. There was a castle on this site in medieval times, and nowadays we can still admire its imposing ruins, with passages, staircases carved in the rock, underground water tanks. The urban plan is characterized by narrow alleys, vaulted passages and many valuable buildings, among which a hospital for pilgrims and noble houses embellished with renaissance cross shaped windows. As for many other towns of Provence, its location had also been chosen because of the presence of water, besides its position allowing control over the ford on the river, at the access of the gorges. An existing and functioning lever pump which draws water from a cistern can be found in the higher part of the village. The town centre is a plane tree lined square, called Place du Jeu de Paume, with a bowls lane. The church of St-Denis dates back to the XII century, but it was partly rebuilt in the XX. Its interiors are in neo-gothic style. It still preserves a beautiful renaissance portal (XVI century).

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