Village de Volonne

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Description

Vorouno in provençal, the etymology comes from the celt « Vel Aon » that means to the water, the village setting up at the confluence of the Durance and the Grave torrent.

Volonne is a little village of 1 700 inhabitants at the foot of a rocky spur overhung by two towers. Volonne is also called the "little Nice of the Alps" because of its sunny exposition facing the south-west. The numerous orchards spreading over the plain demonstrate how pleasant the climate is.

The two towers

Volonne is dominated by two towers, the highest one is from the 13th century and was a fortress and the lowest one is from the 16th century and is the communal clock. Volonne invites you to discover its streets which are fresh in the summer and stamped with a rich historical past. In the main street, you can see houses with their medieval doors. In Vière street, you will discover old ramparts and an aqueduct from the 16th century.

The church Saint Martin

Above the stadium, next to the cemetery, you can visit Saint-Martin's church which is a major building of the first Romanesque Art (11th century). It was originally part of a priory. It is with the chapel of Saint-Donat (Montfort) one of the most remarkable specimens of early Romanesque art (11th century). The fortified castle in the village centre, from the 17th century, has an exceptionnal staircase decorated with plasterstones, unique in Provence.

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Languages Spoken

  • French

Labels & accessibility

  • Lieux napoléoniens Route napoléon

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Comfort / services

  • Play area
  • Public WC