The Cellars of the Palais Saint-Firmin, symbol of the secret and mysterious life of Gordes

Ranked among the most beautiful villages in France, Gordes is worth the detour not only for what it offers in the open air for the visitor to see but also for its underground world.

Indeed, the Caves of the Palais Saint-Firmin, a semi-troglodytic site, classified as a historical monument, allows an immersion in the heart of the hidden history of Gordes.

Both built by man and dug into the rock, the cellars house archaeological remains of the village's craft activities in the Middle Ages, olive oil mills, cisterns, silos, tanks, a magnificent bread oven ...

From imposing rooms to imposing halls, the visitor can thus discover the history and evolution of olive oil production.

 

A short look back in time

The village of Gordes, almost abandoned by its inhabitants during the 1950s, was rediscovered by artists in the early 1960s. In love with these old stones they undertook a long and patient restoration. After the purchase of a large Renaissance house, the Palais Saint-Firmin, in the centre of the village in 1961, clearance work prior to the restoration revealed an underground complex that proved to be immense. The four floors of this Renaissance house surmount seven levels of cellars on a difference in height of 20m. Fifty-five rooms of very different sizes have been cleared up to now.

And not everything has yet been discovered... A must see!

 

Caves & Jardins du Palais Saint-Firmin
Caves du Palais Saint-Firmin
Rue du Belvédère
84220 Gordes

Tél. : 06 61 20 36 44

caves.saint.firmin@gmail.com

 

http://www.gordes-village.com/html/index.html

 

https://www.destinationluberon.com/decouvrir/sites-culturels/caves-du-palais-st-firmin

 

 

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Gordes : Un rêve de pierre

Gordes est un village mythique, un des "plus beaux villages de France", une célébrité connue dans le monde entier. Mais Gordes, c'est aussi un petit village de Provence accroché au rebord méridional des monts de Vaucluse, face au Luberon. En l'espace de cinquante ans, Gordes a ressuscité, non pas de ses cendres, mais de ses pierres effondrées et de ses toitures béantes. Un petit miracle, fruit des histoires d'amour qui se sont nouées entre les premiers artistes des origines et ce lieu hors du commun. Beaucoup d'autres ont suivi, souvent gens éclairés et conscients des devoirs dus à un tel pays. Ainsi, Gordes a-t-il repris goût à la vie. C'est cette belle histoire que retrace Jacqueline Brotte. Dans la lignée des artistes qui ont tant aimé ce village, elle promène son objectif, saisissant la magnificence d'un paysage, le charme d'un site, la beauté d'un monument ; puis elle laisse à sa plume le soin de nous les raconter.
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