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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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Historic site and monument

Le Poët-en-Percip

Le Poët-en-Percip
Suze
Historic site and monument

Suze

Suze
Historic site and monument

Circuit découverte du village de Saint Restitut

Saint-Restitut
Historic site and monument

Saint-Benoît-en-Diois

Saint-Benoit-en-Diois
Vue générale - Montségur sur Lauzon
Historic site and monument

Montségur-sur-Lauzon

Montségur-sur-Lauzon
Saoû
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Saoû

Saoû
Historic site and monument

Village de Montaulieu

Montaulieu
Historic site and monument

Reilhanette

Reilhanette
Logo de La Drôme Tourisme
Historic site and monument

Pommerol

Pommerol
Grignan et ses lavandes - Village de Grignan
Historic site and monument

Grignan

Grignan
Le Poet Célard
Historic site and monument

Le Poët-Célard

Le Poët-Célard
Fabrique de Poterie de Cliousclat
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Cliousclat

Cliousclat
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Espenel

Espenel
Village La Garde-Adhémar
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Circuit découverte du village de La Garde-Adhémar

La Garde-Adhémar
Montoison
Historic site and monument

Montoison

Montoison
Historic site and monument

Marsanne

Marsanne
Historic site and monument

Le Poët-Sigillat

Le Poët-Sigillat
Historic site and monument

Saint-Sauveur-en-Diois

Saint-Sauveur-en-Diois
Logo de La Drôme Tourisme
Historic site and monument

Aurel

Aurel
Historic site and monument

Village d'Aubres

Aubres
Historic site and monument

La Baume de Transit

La Baume-de-Transit
Historic site and monument

Rimon-et-Savel

Rimon-et-Savel
Ancienne église
Historic site and monument

Livron

Livron-sur-Drôme
Cobonne
Historic site and monument

Cobonne

Cobonne
Eurre
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Eurre

Eurre
Historic site and monument

Village de Venterol

Venterol
Historic site and monument

Sainte-Jalle

Sainte-Jalle
Puy Saint Martin
Historic site and monument

Puy-Saint-Martin

Puy-Saint-Martin
Historic site and monument

Vercheny-le-Haut

Vercheny
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Village de Condorcet

Condorcet
Historic site and monument

Puygiron

Puygiron
Historic site and monument

La Laupie

La Laupie
Historic site and monument

La Rochette-du-Buis

La Rochette-du-Buis
Vignes - Valaurie
Historic site and monument

Valaurie

Valaurie
Historic site and monument

Piégros-la Clastre

Piégros-la-Clastre
Historic site and monument

Circuit du vieux village de Suze la Rousse

Suze-la-Rousse
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