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Robion, Castillon and Saint-Julien-du-Verdon


7km from Castellane
This village, reduced to a few houses, is now part of the town of Castellane, which is 7 km away to the south. Robion definitely worth a trip for its ancient church and the beauty of the site. The access road (D 101) overlooking the river Rayaup itself is superb but very narrow. Drivers, be careful!
  • The church Saint-Thyrse: Continue towards Bourguet, and take before you get there, the first path on the right. Today isolated village, it stands on a small rocky plateau, covered with lavender, boxwood and pine trees in this arid region of foothills cut by the Verdon and Artuby. The church, built on a simple single-nave and semicircular apse plan is made of a very neat device on which we have noted the masons' marks a beautiful drawing. The tower stands against the north side of the nave. It is decorated on each floor of a panel formed of two arches falling in the center of an ornate patterns carved console. Despite reminiscences of early Romanesque, church Robion presents elements, including arch broken arch, which are its construction in the twelfth century. Above Robion, on the steep side of the cliff, a small cave chapel, St. Trophimus, is only accessible by foot and at the cost of effort! Perched on a narrow platform, it is built in a rocky bay, one side being backed to the wall.

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This beautiful lake is artificial. This was the first large dam department, completed in 1948. To meet the growing demand for irrigation water and electric power, land Verdon was decided at 19241,168. The work was immediately hired by a German company as reparations for war damage. But due to financial difficulties, they were arrested in 1932. Reprinted in 1938 by the electric energy of the Mediterranean Coastline, they were accelerated after the war. Impoundment dam has eliminated entirely the village of Castillon. Only remain, away, on the heights overlooking the lake, a few old houses in the hamlet of Blaron now attached to Castellane (Castellane access from the Baume). Part of the lake is closed to swimming because the Navy has installed a center for listening acoustic research submarine, which explains the incongruous presence of strange platforms and flatbreads (marine Berets) in full high-Provence ...


After the dam, the road along the lake in a very pretty course and joined the axis Digne-Nice to Saint-Julien-du-Verdon. This small town has since impoundment dam Castillon, a great view of the reservoir and is a pleasant resort. His church, enlarged in the eighteenth century, is dedicated to Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption.
In the chorus, the Coronation of the Virgin with St. Julian, patron of the parish, was painted by Jean André in 1660.
A tour of 3 hours (follow the yellow signs), called the crest of Pinandoux allows to look over the village and the lake. The views are splendid. The walk starts in the direction of Saint-André-les-Alpes, just before the monument to the Resistance.
  • Chapel Vergons: A few kilometers from Saint-Julien-du-Verdon, in the direction of Nice, away from the village Vergons stands roadside this thirteenth century Romanesque chapel, Notre-Dame-de-Valvert mentioned in 1245 as a church of a priory of Lérins.

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