Vernègues: heritage that brings together past and present

Perched at the heart of the Massif des Costes, Vernègues lies at the crossroads of the main arteries along the Rhone valley. Come and discover a village where millennial history has unfurled…

Not only does the Plateau du Grand Puech offer a magnificent view of the entire region, it also boasts some special features that prove it has been inhabited since the Neolithic such as shelters under the hill. Later on people moved to the more fertile valley of Cazan until invasions during the Dark Ages forced them to return to the high ground. The Castrum Alvernicum they built became Vernègues. This peaceful farming village made the front page on the day after 11 June 1909, when a magnitude 6 earthquake wreaked havoc in the region. Vernègues was almost entirely destroyed and had to be rebuilt below the plateau.

Today you can enjoy the ruins of a Gallo-Roman temple, the Saint Symphorian chapel (a major pilgrimage centre), the remnants of the feudal castle and old Vernègues…

Local handicrafts are an important part of village life and include santon makers, sculptors, earthenware makers and goatherds, all of whom are happy to welcome you to their workshops.

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