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Hilltop villages

In the 11th and 12th centuries, medieval fortifications were established on these summits, mostly modest, but sufficient to see and be seen. For a long time historians attributed these hilltop villages to the necessity of defending themselves against the Saracens.
In fact it was the local lords who sought to assemble the rural population in these hilltop villages in order to more efficiently tax them and establish a number of monopolies (mills, ovens, etc.). Houses were built in the shadow of the ramparts and remained there until the 19th century when houses were built lower down the slope. Only a century or so later and the hilltop villages are experiencing a rebirth!

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La Tour de Chamaret
Historic site and monument

Chamaret

Chamaret
Historic site and monument

La Baume de Transit

La Baume-de-Transit
Historic site and monument

Circuit du vieux village de Suze la Rousse

Suze-la-Rousse
Historic site and monument

La Laupie

La Laupie
Historic site and monument

village SAHUNE

Sahune
Vue générale - Montségur sur Lauzon
Historic site and monument

Montségur-sur-Lauzon

Montségur-sur-Lauzon
Mirmande
Historic site and monument

Mirmande

Mirmande
Suze
Historic site and monument

Suze

Suze
Historic site and monument

Allan

Allan
Eurre
Historic site and monument

Eurre

Eurre
Historic site and monument

La Rochette-du-Buis

La Rochette-du-Buis
Historic site and monument

Crest

Crest
Vignes - Valaurie
Historic site and monument

Valaurie

Valaurie
Beaufort sur Gervanne
Historic site and monument

Beaufort-sur-Gervanne

Beaufort-sur-Gervanne
Poët laval village dieulefit tourisme
Historic site and monument

Le Poët-Laval

Le Poët-Laval
Historic site and monument

Marsanne

Marsanne
Historic site and monument

Vinsobres

Vinsobres
Puy Saint Martin
Historic site and monument

Puy-Saint-Martin

Puy-Saint-Martin
Historic site and monument

Village de Montaulieu

Montaulieu
Historic site and monument

Savasse

Savasse
Vue générale - Rousset Les Vignes
Historic site and monument

Rousset-les-Vignes

Rousset-les-Vignes
Historic site and monument

Le Poët-Sigillat

Le Poët-Sigillat
Historic site and monument

Bourdeaux

Bourdeaux
Historic site and monument

Puygiron

Puygiron
Historic site and monument

Mollans-sur-Ouvèze

Mollans-sur-Ouvèze
Ancienne église
Historic site and monument

Livron

Livron-sur-Drôme
Le Poet Célard
Historic site and monument

Le Poët-Célard

Le Poët-Célard
La Roche sur Grâne
Historic site and monument

La Roche-sur-Grâne

La Roche-sur-Grâne
Historic site and monument

Le Poët-en-Percip

Le Poët-en-Percip
Grignan et ses lavandes - Village de Grignan
Historic site and monument

Grignan

Grignan
Autichamp
Historic site and monument

Autichamp

Autichamp
Historic site and monument

Village de Condorcet

Condorcet
Vaunaveys la Rochette
Historic site and monument

Vaunaveys-la-Rochette

Vaunaveys-la-Rochette
Historic site and monument

Montbrun-les-Bains

Montbrun-les-Bains
Historic site and monument

Sainte-Jalle

Sainte-Jalle
Historic site and monument

Barret-de-Lioure

Barret-de-Lioure
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