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village of Provenchère
Overlooking the Barbeche Valley, the village is located on the western slope of Mount Fonteny. It is grouped around the church dating from 1690; the first, erected in 1134, has housed rare gothic remains including a lancet window. The sacristy, vaulted on a cross of ogives, seems the arm of a Latin cross. The bell tower, built in the early eighteenth, is based on four massive cut stone. These would come from the old feudal castle of Provenchère, destroyed by the Swiss or by Louis XI, of which we can see only a few remains. Towards Peseux stands the chapel of Notre-Dame de la Roche, built in 1670 by a young person preserved from a band of soldiers (photo stained glass representing this scene). The former county manufacturing facility is converted into a small rural cheese museum with a shop: "With local products from Comté", a cavern with thousand and one regional products!
Copyright: Alain Faivre
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 8192x4096
Taken: 07/05/2019
Uploaded: 08/05/2019
Updated: 13/06/2019


Tags: lodging; cheese; tourism; provenchère
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