Historical centres


Sault-en-Provence is a very ancient town. There are important pre-historical sites in its surroundings, dating back to the Mousterian era (the Aubesier grotto) and of the Neolithic, with the presence of flint stones. It was inhabited in the Roman epoch and was […]


In Seyne-les-Alpes the church of Notre-Dame de Nazareth is worth a visit. It is in Romanesque-Provencal style (XII-XIII century), in visible stone ashlars. It is an aisle-less church and it has two remarkable lancet arch portals, one surmounted by a rose window on the gabled façade. Above the village there is the fort of Vauban, which owes its name to its planner, Sébastien le Prestre de Vauban (1633-1707),a military engineer at the service of Louis XIV. The fort of Seyne, recently restored and used as a exhibition and cultural space, is part of a network of fortifications planned by Vauban along the whole border of the French Kingdom and they are listed on the UNESCO humanity heritage. […]


The historical centre of Sisteron deserves a thorough visit. The cathedral of Notre-Dame and St-Thyrse was built in the XII century and it is considered one of the greatest examples of the Provencal-Romanesque style with Lombard influences. The exterior is sober, in blocks of grey limestone, a round arch portal, and a wide rose window on  […]


The village, facing the course of the river Orbieu, is dominated by its castle (XIII century), belonging to the abbey of Lagrasse. It was the base of the crusaders during the siege of Termes. The village arose only after the XVI century. The Romanesque church of St-Pierre (XII century) is made with exposed stones, it has a bell gable and a bell dating back to 1303. […]

The bridge on the Rhone and Pont St. Esprit

The medieval bridge is about a kilometre long and rests on 25 lowered arches. Since 1309 it is, according to poet Frédéric Mistral’s definition, the “golden gate of Provence”. The city was founded in the V century, but it acquired a certain importance when the bridge was […]


Vaison-la-Romaine has ancient origins, as revealed by its name. Actually, up to the XIX century, not much was known about the Gallic-Roman town lying under the modern settlement and on the previous Celtic-Ligurian ones. Since the beginning of the XX century, 15 hectares of the city of Vasio Vocontiorum have been unearthed in two distinct archaeological sites: La Villasse and Puymin. The findings are on […]


Vielha is a busy winter resort with a small old town arisen on the confluence of the stream Nere with the Garonne. In ancient times some celtic-basque populations were living in the valley and a tribe called “Arenosis” was mentioned for the first time by Polybius. The area of the high valley of the Garonne was colonized by the […]

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