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Banne a part of the Villages of character of the Ardèche

Banne a part of the Villages of character of the Ardèche

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Banne a part of the “Villages of character” of the Ardèche

Having a free moment, I am going in the department of Ardeche, close to that of Lozere, in the south of France. I’m going to visit Banne, the village of character unavoidable which takes its roots in the Neolithic.  This village nestled at the foot of the Cévennes facing the calcareous plain Ardèche. Composed of two perched villages and crossed by a valley of cultivated terraces, the village hides many architectural pearls: the stables of the Fort, which host the many summer festivities surmounted by the remains of its medieval castle but also Saint- Pierre de Banne dating from the 12th century.

Besides its guest houses and guest rooms, the village of Banne, in the center of the town, is divided between the church and the castle.

In the “quarter of the fort”, the houses are located under the ruins of the castle. Many of these old houses have the special architecture of the lower limestone Vivarais. The view that emerges from the castle of Banne is magnificent, it opens a vast panorama over the whole Bas-Vivarais, from north to south passing by the east.

The residences are very picturesque (external staircase leading to the first floor to a covered terrace and to the living quarters, the ground floor is generally occupied by the stables and the cellar)
A beautiful fountain sits in the middle of the central square well shaded by magnificent plane trees. The neighborhood of the church gathers around the bell tower a group of houses as well as the town hall and the school.

The battle of Banne:

Under the castle there is a road in a straight line in the direction of the Vans and the wood of Païolive. At this very spot, on July 29, 1944, the “battle of Banne” marked the first victory of the maquisards over the Nazi army in Ardèche: the ambush of the F.F.I. Ordered a German convoy to be retreated. The next day, the village faced reprisals. For this high fact of resistance, the commune received the “war cross”.

Also it should not be forgotten to mention that Banne is part of the “Villages of character” of the Ardèche.

Movie of Banne the village of character of Ardeche France

Movie of Banne the village of character of Ardeche France

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