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Historic and tourist walk around Piégon

Historic and tourist walk around Mirabel aux Baronnies

Historic and touris walk around Piégon

The area of Piégon has been occupied since the Neolithic period (7000 BC - 2500 BC), which was confirmed by the discovery of a flint cutting workshop unearthed in 1980. In 1178, the Baron de Montauban, lord of Mirabel, gave a part of the area called le Puy, located opposite Mirabel, to a man named Gigone, in order to ensure he would be a faithful vassal in case of conflict. Because of that we get the name of the village of Piégon: PuyGigon.

In the sixteenth century, farms were built outside the village, and still constitute the bulk of the buildings. Its population reached 511 inhabitants in 1870, which regularly declined until there were only 262 people in 2012. Built on a mound of clay, the old village was gradually abandoned between 1880 and 1930, the buildings cracking and collapsing little by little. Only a few sections of the castle walls remain, and the bell tower, which still tolls the hours!
 

   

Frescos of the Resistance (see no. 6) 19th century cross (no. 5)
   
Washhouse (no. 4) The beautiful grape picker (no. 1)    
   
Church of Our Lady of the Cadenet (no. 2) The abandoned village (no. 3)    

Historical and tourist walk around Mirabel aux Baronnies

   

«Village of blond stones in a dazzling golden light, how can we not think about what Mirabel was like in past times?

“History beckons us at every corner of its steep streets, at the bend of the country lanes, at the crest of the hills where the mistral roams, in the shade of ancient white oaks, all vibrating with the harsh chirring of the cicadas which the passer-by suddenly interrupts and which resumes, immediately, as soon as he turns his back "

Claude Léone-Chanot, May 1988
Excerpt from "Mirabel aux Baronnies, a corner of paradise"

   
   

   
On map above: no. 3 No. 7 No. 10