Village of Thoard

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The village of Thoard, perched on its rocky outcrop and dominated by its XNUMXth century bell tower, is the main town in the Vallée des Duyes.

Description

Overlooking the Vallée des Duyes, Thoard has been occupied since Antiquity by Celtic populations. It is a fine example of medieval housing with a defensive appearance, with its houses grouped around the old castle site.

This rich history makes Thoard a labyrinth... Indeed, Thoard does not lack galleries, corridors, secrets. The fountain, for example, is adorned with an inscription so mysterious that it has still not been translated.

In the alleys of the medieval village, the high houses built of stone, the low doors and the covered passages give an impression of intimacy and protection.
The imposing gray stone church and its almost overwhelmingly tall bell tower (XNUMXth century) do not fail to impress.

After the Revolution, Thoard became the capital of the canton. Thoard remains a very active center of life.
Fair days are always highlights of local life. In February, St Blaise is a great pagan festival where we celebrate the death of winter. In August, the lamb fair brings together several hundred animals of the breed of the Southern Prealps.

Behind the town hall, the Small Brass Museum presents instruments from 1800 to the present day.

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