Richeranches

A small medieval village that is well know for two reasons: (1)  its rich history as the Keep of the Knights Templar from 1136 – this command center of the Knights Templar in this region is very well preserved and is open to the public; and (2) it is the Truffle Capital of Provence and the center of…

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Grillon

The northernmost village of the Papal Enclave, two towers dominate the massive ramparts of Grillon. The Vialle district was the founding site for the village and is very typical of feudal town planning.   At the foot of the town walls which encircle the old village is the Place de la Bourgade, shady…

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Visan

Since 1344 Visan had been a part of the Papal State and today is still a fortified stronghold flanked on both sides by hills. The winding streets show off fine village houses from the 17th and 18th centuries which still today are beautifully presented. The old village is accessed through old embossed…

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Valréas

This town is dominated  by the 12th century tower of the Château Ripert and the imposing Romanesque Eglise de Notre Dame de Nazareth.  The Château de Simiane with its 17th century frescoes is now the city hall.  Other monuments such as the rope maker’s tower, the two chapels of white peni…

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