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Tourtour: photo description (Tourtour)

Tourtour is a picturesque old village on the South-East of France located in the Provence - Alpes - côte d'azur. It is included in the Association "Most beautiful villages of France". It is home to nearly 600 people. The town is situated on the slopes of a hill, so the elevation here ranges from 360 to 900 meters above sea level. But with the summit of this hill offers stunning views of Provence, from the mountains to the sea.

The first settlements appeared here during the Neolithic, there are also preserved traces of five Roman oppidum - fortified settlements. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire Tourtour for a few years went over to the Saracens who had been expelled in 973. In the XII century, the city had erected the Cistercian Abbey, which left only half-destroyed chapel of the blessed virgin Mary.

However, the city has preserved the main temple is the Romanesque Church of Saint-Denis is surrounded by an old cemetery in which territory were conducted archeological work, which was discovered pottery Dating to the Early middle Ages. Another town is littered with many small chapels and chapels of XVII-XVIII centuries.

On the territory of Tourtour was from 4 different medieval castles and fortresses. In the most "modern" of them - in a building of the XVI century, now houses the city hall. In an old castle, the gallery of modern art, but from another of the old castle remained only ruins of fortifications. Another castle, located outside the city, is well preserved here until his death in 1999 he lived the artist-expressionist Bernard buffet. By the way, his bronze sculptures now adorn the Central square of the city.

Also in Tourtour preserved clock tower in 1665, the Roman bridge, several mills and fountains. In the city all year round are many colorful celebrations and festivals, which also attract tourists.