Village of Volonne
Vorouno in Provençal, the etymology would come from the Celtic words "Vel Aon" meaning towards the waters, the village being located at the confluence of the Durance and the Grave torrent. It is sometimes said that it is the little Nice of the Alps for its sunny exposure.
Volonne is a small medieval village of 1 inhabitants at the foot of a rocky outcrop overlooked by two towers (the highest from the 700th century is an old fortress and the lowest from the XNUMXth century is the communal clock). Volonne offers its picturesque streets cool in summer, and imprinted with a rich historical past. In the central street we find the houses with medieval doors. In the rue de Vière we find old ramparts and a XNUMXth century aqueduct.
The Two Towers
The Chemin des 2 Tours offers an unobstructed view of the Val de Durance. This fortified place was intended to serve as an observation point at the time of the invasions. The higher of the two towers is an old watchtower dating from the 13th century. As for the lower tower, it has carried since the end of the 16th century. the town clock. The many orchards which extend in the plain of Volonne testify to the mildness of its climate.
St. Martin's Church
Above the stadium, the old Saint-Martin church, adjoining the cemetery, is a major building of early Romanesque art (XNUMXth century). It is one of the oldest specimens of early southern Romanesque art. The XNUMXth century bastide castle in the center of the village and its staircase have an exceptional decor of plasterwork, free visit.
The Napoleon Route
On the morning of March 5, Napoleon took to the road again and dined on a duck with olives in the "Poisson d'Or" inn in Volonne. A wall fresco in front of the fountain of Volonne recalls the passage of the Emperor. At the exit of the village, on a stone of an old house is engraved "Eishi lou March 5, 1815, Napoleon 1st PP" which is translated as "Here March 5, 1815 Napoleon 1st passed and pissed"!
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