Village Des Bories Barn Gordes France
While there is some disagreement over when these huts were built, the fact remains that for dry stone construction, they are quite amazing. Without using any mortar, these buildings have vaulted ceilings that have stood for at least three centuries and possibly date back to the 7th century.
Each of the 28 buildings has a very specific purpose. For example, this one is a combination of granery and barn with a house opposite. Located a short drive outside of the village of Gordes, this open air museum is well worth a visit.
There was a time when farm animals got nearly equal lodging as their owners. Walking through the Bori...
If you have ever built a stone wall for your garden, then you can certainly appreciate the amount of ...
As you motor through Provence, taking in the sights, smells and food that it has to offer, it can be ...
Panoramique Arrivée sur Gordes
View of the medieval town of Gordes, one of the prettiest villages in France. The town has been occup...
dans le méandre des ruelles de cette ville extraordinaire!
D'origine romane (XIIème),En arrivant à Gordes, on se laisse surprendre par la grandeur imposante du ...
Eglise St Firmin de GORDES
Panoramique au carrefour principal
Panoramique depuis la place du château
France is affectionately referred to as "the Hexagon" for its overall shape.
French history goes back to the Gauls, a Celtic tribe which inhabited the area circa 300BC until being conquered by Julius Caesar.
The Franks were the first tribe to adopt Catholic Christianity after the Roman Empire collapsed. France became an independent location in the Treaty of Verdun in (843 AD), which divided up Charlemagne's Carolingian Empire into several portions.
The French monarchy reached its zenith during the reign of Louis XIV, the Sun King, who stood for seventy-two years as the Monarch of all Monarchs. His palace of Versailles and its Hall of Mirrors are a splendid treasure-trove of Baroque art.
The French Revolution ended the rule of the monarchy with the motto "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity!" On July 14th, 1789 angry mobs stormed La Bastille prison and began the Revolution in which Louis XVI, his wife Marie-Antoinette and thousands of others met the guillotine.
One decade after the revolution, Napolean Bonaparte seized control of the Republic and named himself Emperor. His armies conquered most of Europe and his Napoleonic Code became a lasting legal foundation for concepts of personal status and property.
During the period of colonization France controlled the largest empire in the world, second only to Britain.
France is one of the founding members of the European Union and the United Nations, as well as one of the nuclear armed nations of the world.
Text by Steve Smith.