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Thorame-Basse and Thorame-Haute


After having crossed the Robines pass and left Saint-André, it goes back the course of the Issole on a pretty wooded course dominated by the mountain of Maurel.
The Valley collected in the middle of the larch trees and black pines widens suddenly arriving in La Bâtie, one of the hamlets of Thorame-Basse. It offers wide suitable for sheep farming pasture in a region that has long been one of the meccas of transhumance. In may or October, you can still see to sweep across roads, large herds of sheep.
  • Chapel Saint-Thomas
(Keys to the village.) After La Batie appears, dominated by the massif of the Cheval-Blanc (2323 m), a small chapel dedicated to saint Thomas including the apse apse retains fine frescoes from the 12th century. A wall separates them today from the choir.
  • The village
At the entrance of Thorame-Basse, the only stately home of the high Verdon still expects an exemplary restoration; It is a modest House of 1577 (the header indicated us) enlarged at the beginning of the 18th century by the last Lords of the country, the family of Jassaud. -
  • Parish Church
Destroyed during the wars of Religion, it was rebuilt in 1588 and his small Bell wall two-Bay provencal type has been replaced in 1845. It deserves a visit, especially for the remarkable altar (CA. 1695), superb work carpentry, with the canvas represents the Apparition of the Angel in saint Pierre in prison, as well as for the altarpieces of the Rosary (17th century) and the souls in purgatory (18th century) or a canvas, the Annunciation, painted in 1728 by Jean Alexandre de Jassaud. Finally note a Madonna and child wooden gilded from the 18th century, on his throne of procession, discovered recently behind one of the altarpieces.
The Church, one can reach the chapel of Piégut, attracted once the crowds the day of forgiveness of Saint Anne.


Shortly before the village, a nautical base was built on the Lake of Sagnes for the optimist and windsurfing lovers. Hung at the foot of the massif of Chamatte, the village of Thorame-Haute, who delivered some Gallo-Roman remains (burials under tiles) was the short-lived seat of a bishop in the 5th century, sign of the rapid spread of Christianity.
  • Parish Church
As to Thorame-Basse, the village has suffered wars of Religion. An inscription attests the reconstruction of the Church in 1598. Despite a few alterations in the 19th century, the nave retained its organization of the 17th century with a flurry of altars of brotherhoods. Among paintings ancient note, in the choir, two large tables devoted to the birth and death of Christ by Antoine Rouvier, painter Digne (1622), a Saint Sebastian (1625), a Saint Antoine and saint Paul, whose quality was noticed by Bishop Soanen in 1698 and above all, in the chapel of the Virgin, the retable of the Rosary to twisted columns decorated with vine branchescharacters and small animals. On the altar throne a large Madonna and child wooden gilded and painted, venerated of long date. It is, still today, carried in procession during the pilgrimage of Whit Monday.
A picturesque village: Discover typical houses, wooden balconies and roofs to large advances. Random alleys, you can still see beautiful door old and four sundials.

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