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Vue sur Saint Donat sur l'Herbasse_ Michel Arnaud
Vue sur Saint Donat sur l'Herbasse_ Michel Arnaud
Historic site and monument

Visit Saint Donat

Visit Saint Donat
Le village26260 Saint-Donat-sur-l'Herbasse

Welcome to « Vicus Jovenciacus » or « Jovis Viens », Jupiter’s borough. It is nice to imagine some druids building a temple dedicated to Jupiter overlooking the Herbasse river and the surrounding woods. When Christianity came to this part of Gaulle, the burgh was named JOVINCIEU or JOVENZIEUX. History books are not very accurate, but we know that in 1732, when Saracen troops invaded the country, the site became a shelter for Corbus, 20th bishop for the Grenoble Diocese. When running away, the bishop took Saint-Donat’s relics with him. Saint Donat was a Holy Hermit, born in Orléans,who died at the beginning of the 6th century in the Lure range, near Sisteron. On the ruins of Jupiter’s temple a palace and the church were built and they were dedicated to Saint Donat by Corbus and his successors. Saint Donat’s fame was so great that Jovinzieux became a famous place of pilgrimage and took a new name « Castrum Sancti Donati » during the ninth century. During the Second World War, Saint Donat was an important place for underground fighters, in connection with the Vercors « Maquis ». It was,too,a shelter for many refuges, and among them, two famous writers, Louis Aragon and Elsa Triolet.

Au Moyen- âge, le village resta blotti dans l'enceinte de ses remparts. Son developpement fut lié au creusementd'un canal dérivant les eaux de l'Herbasse. La force motrice hydraulique faisait tourner des moulins, et surtout, dès la Renaissance, divers ateliers : chanvre, pâte à papier... La grande expansion du village date des 18ème et 19 ème siècles avec l'implantation des "fabriques" : filatures et moulinages pour la soie, puis d'usines de chaussures.

Pendant la guerre 1939/1945, Saint Donat fut un relais important dans l'organisation de la Résistance et a accueilli de nombreux réfugiés, parmi eux , Louis Aragon et Elsa Triolet. Les habitants furent très marqués par la journée de représailles de l'armée nazie le 15 Juin 1944.

Dans la campagne donatienne, les cultures sont adaptées aux terrains sableux : maraîchage et arboriculture.

Our services

  • Car park

Further information

amenities
  • Play area
  • Picnic area
  • Bar
  • Public WC
  • Camper van reception area
  • Exhibition space
  • Car park
  • Media library
  • Parking
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Spoken languages
  • French
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Opening

All year round, daily.

Prices

Free access.

Updated on 06/07/2020
Through Ardèche Hermitage Tourisme
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