Places of Interest nearby
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You can still see a lot of mulberry trees in the Cevennes. Silk worm breeding started in the Cévennes in the 16th century. The larvae were fed the leaves of the mulberry tree. No less than one ton of leaves was needed to feed 25 g of worms for one month. That’s why you will see a lot of mulberry trees in the villages. The currrent production is almost nihil. The silk activity had a lasting effect on the architecture in the region. Buildings were transformed and extra floors were added to make room for the silk worm production.
The typical part of the Cévennes is related to the litholigical unit of schist. The landscape developed in these schists has very specific characterisitcs. The rivers erorded the V-shaped valleys. The valleysides and mountains are mainly covered with dense forests, and pasture land is almost non-existing. One of these archetype Cévennes-valleys is the valley of the national road N106 leading from Florac in the west (still at the border of this landscape) and Alès on the other side.
The Cévennes is a mountain range that is part of the Massif Central. The highest point is the Mont Lozère (1702m). Its hilly terrain had an effect in history. The Cévennes had a high concentration of Huguenot (protestants) because they could hide here in the Cévennes in the 17th century. In the beginning of the 18th century, this population, dubbed the Camisards, rose up against the monarchy. Thos events are not unrelated to the landscape of easy-to-hide places.
Robert Louis Stevenson put the Cévennes on the literature map of the world. Everywhere in the region you will find references to this Scottish writer. He left Monastier sur Gazeille in Haute Loire in 1878. The trek on the GR 70 ends in Saint Jean du Gard. It has achieved mythical status in France.
Linked themes: Literature
A famous book related to the Cévennes is “Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes”, an 1879 book by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Linked themes: Literature
Did you know that Cypress trees planted near houses often indicate the presence of protestant tombs in the Cévennes. They are a reminder of the religious intolerance that existed between the 17th and 18th centuries when protestants were forbidden to bury their dead in catholic cemeteries.
As any densely forested mountainous area, the Cévennes was also an area difficult to control military. That’s what also the nazis experienced in World War II. The area was full of resistant soldiers called les “maquisards”. Frequently they attacked the Germans resulting in many represailles actions. A typical case was the attack at le Pont Négase on april 8, 1944, near St.Geramin-de-Calberte.
Linked themes: War
Jeux de Boules is a very popular game in de Cevennes.