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Moustiers-Sainte-Marie: photo description (Moustiers-Sainte-Marie)

Over the Provencal village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie for many years shining gold star. The exact date of its occurrence is not known, but the fact of its occurrence is steeped in legend. The current inhabitants of the commune are supporting this legend, and, if necessary, change the star and the chain on which it is mounted. According to legend, which told the world the poet frédéric Mistral, the star vowed to hang above the native village of a captive Saracen knight, who lived in the tenth century, if he is able to return home. The star has changed twelve times. The current star was suspended half a century ago, she has five rays and a diameter of over a meter and length of chain is 135 meters. Height at which the swinging gilded star, more than two hundred meters.

The commune of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie is located in the Alpes de Haute Provence in the region Provence - Alpes - Cote d'azur. The village is also known under the abbreviated name of Moutier, it is home to more than seven hundred people. Municipality is a member of the Association of most beautiful villages of the country. Near the village there is one of the most picturesque gorges of France - the Verdon and the plateau of Valensole where lavender fields and a man-made lake Sainte-Croix, which is considered one of the largest in France. In most Moutiers you can see a few examples of medieval religious architecture, visit the archaeological Museum and the Museum of local pottery, to see the remains of the former fortifications and the medieval aqueduct, which carried out the aqueduct bringing water to the mills and fountains, located in the village.

The history of this settlement began in the V century. The first in these places settled monks, who in the next century, founded a monastery here. Around this same time was built the first chapel of Notre-Dame-de-Beauvoir, which was rebuilt in the XII century. In the XII century was built the parish Church, which, together with the chapel were recognized as historical monuments. In Moutiers in the XIV and XVI centuries were built two chapels - Clustr and St. Anne.

XVII and XVIII century became for the village a period of prosperity, which has been associated with the development of the local ceramic production. The villagers learned to make pottery monk who brought the secrets of its manufacture of Fancy - Italian town, where pottery was invented. The ceramic Museum in Moustiers was opened in 1929, it presents the history and products of this fishery.