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Le Vigan

Le Vigan is the main centre of the southern Cévennes, on the borders of the massif of Mont Aigoual. It has been inhabited since ancient times, and in the Middle Ages it was an important Benedictine foundation, endowed with extensive land properties. The community adhered to the Reform and lead to 200 years of religious wars. The historical centre is rich in fine buildings dating back to the XVIII century, when the town experienced a flourishing period thanks to the textile industry, mainly to sericulture. Important hosiery factories are still productive nowadays. The roman bridge on the Arre (XII cent.) is worth a visit and Le Buscailhou, a neighbourhood on the right bank of the river. The Musée Cévenol is also noteworthy, it is located near the above mentioned neighbourhood and it is situated in an old spinning mill. The Promenade des Châtaigners also deserves a visit, being an ancient area of the medieval market, converted into a  secular chestnut tree lined promenade in the XVIII century.