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From its two promontories, this "butterfly village" awaits you.
Clinging to the foothills of the highest area of the Luberon, it will welcome you in its soft shadows. Experience an environmental approach to quality, share the pleasure of living and enjoy a moment of pure happiness. The people of Cabrières Aigues are called Cabriérains. The name of the village of Cabrières d'Aigues comes from "goat" (goat) and "acute" (water). More photos of Cabrières Aigues here!
- The Bas-relief and the small museum of "fossils" in the town hall. - The St. Lawrence Church
- The Protestant Church and his statue
- The oil mill (from the start, ask for the keys to the town hall during opening hours)
- La Chapelle Saint Elzéar (thousand flowers) - The geological trail (GR92)
- 9 km - 3:30 - Family Rando.
- The pond of La Bonde. TO KNOW :
The village and its Waldensian history.
In the sixteenth century, the village depended on the Lord of La Tour d'Aigues. At the time of the Great Plague (1495) casualties are such that the villages were decimated. And the lord Raymond Agoult seeks to repopulate.The challenge is to find people who accept a life of poor peasant, he will then naturally turn to Vaudois *.
* The Vaudois are people who follow the ideology of Peter Waldo (bourgeois who abandoned his wealth to spread the word). The foundations of the Waldensian ideology are humility, sharing, non-violence, poverty ...
So they will agree to repopulate the valley of the villages but will eventually be massacred in 1545 by the "papists" Catholics who considered them heretics.
GUIDED TOUR :
1 The bas-relief of Cabrières Aigues
Found in the early nineteenth century by a farmer and developed by a passionate archeology notary.
The original is now in the Musée Calvet d'Avignon. The monument of which these blocks would be very important to judge by the isolated patterns we have. The composition is a ship without sail, loaded with two large hooped barrels.At the rear a man standing, leaning slightly mania an oar with both hands. This boat is towed by two men, a lack character, they are dressed in the Roman tunic. In the background are stored several vases.
Presumably this piece from the tomb of a cooper or a winemaker. This relief sheds further light: the Durance was used for the ascent. We know that the goods down on trunks assemblies and swollen wineskins (animal skin bags). A copy is visible in the town hall. Adjoining the town hall is the church 2 The church Saint - Laurent
The church dates from the seventeenth century, at the time it was over about the place because the number of practicing being much higher, we needed more space. During the restoration in 1974 * it was shortened to make room on the Place de l'Ormeau.
* At the time the work was found a plaque dated 1191, it was then thought that it was the date of construction and affixed the plate to the wall inside the church. It was only later that we realized that the plate was read upside down and the church dated indeed the seventeenth century (the inscription being read correctly 1611) Look in front of the church and the town hall.
3 The fountain of the Town Hall
Built in 1874, she is leaning against the parapet of the retaining wall of the place de l'Ormeau.
Take "The Cave Passage" left the hall and up the stairs. 4 The Protestant church and statue
This is a Protestant church (the Vaudois had subsequently rallied Protestants). On the side of the temple there is a very interesting sculpture in particular its symbolic: the base is in the Luberon stone and the stone that comes overcomes the Alps.The Vaudois from the briançonnais we understand that it is the stone of Luberon that welcomes the Vaud stone. This is a tribute to the Vaudois people, which is also found across the three dates on the wall of the temple:
- March 10, 1495: Arrival of the village Vaudois
- April 16, 1545 massacre of Vaudois
- April 29, 1995: tribute to the Vaudois with this sculpture. Walk along the street of the temple and Take right onto Rue des Vaudois to arrive on the Rue de l'Invent.
5 Rue de l'invented
This street is so named because there are houses with invents, typical buildings of Briançon brought home by the Vaudois. These are small steps above the terraces that are designed to keep the rain but not the wind, which allowed for drying crops safe.
If you like going up the street from the Invent you get above the staircase fossil 6 The staircase fossil
North of the village the hillside descending to the "Clos" has delighted many children who were scratching hillside to discover tooth shark or bones (rare) and, of course, shells myriads (Pecten , ostrea, ...). The geological reserve brought the prohibition to touch the cliff. Once down the stairs, turn right into the Rue de la Petite Fontaine. Then right again where you will find a small fountain which supplied oil mill next door.
Small blue door. Ask the key at the town hall.
7 Oil Mill
It was created in a house bought by the community to replace the mill converted into a parish church. The volumes are entirely dug into the rock. Inside we find the mill where olives were available then hitched a mule who walked to rotate the mill and grind the fruit.The paste obtained was then placed between pressing mats (a kind of circular mat approximately 40cm in diameter) that are successively stacked (a scourtin / pulp ... so on) and which is then passed under a press to recover oil. The fountain can be seen to the right of the mill communicates with another small fountain. The water came so far used either to power the fountain or to power the mill. Above we see a hole: it is a drip edge (groove) which carried water to the mill. This water was then boiled and poured on escourtins to further recover more oil *.
* This oil of lower quality was for the poor and Marseille soap.
Go back now on the main square. Cross the bridge and continue on the street gardens. You will meet on your left the castle stairs you can start the climb. Walk past a laundry and continue the climb to the chapel. 8 La Chapelle St Elzéar
Commonly known as the Chapel of the "thousand flowers", it is now private. Remain only the cross, the bell tower and an opening with a window.
It was formerly the parish church (late thirteenth century). After a turbulent history, it has been transformed into housing, saved by the Duke of Sabran (late nineteenth century) who dedicated it to his ancestor, St. Elzear.
Enjoy the beautiful scenery before beginning the descent. 9 Geological Nature Reserve
North of the village going up the street Serriere, discover the geological trail Cabrières Aigues: hike about three hours on the GR 92 (altitude 230m).