The Millstone and the Fountain in the village of Gigors

The Millstone and the Fountain in the village of Gigors

The Municipal District of Gigors probably originated from a Carolingian Villa called Villa Jugurnis, which was assigned to the Abbey of Saint Victor of Marseille, as early as the 8th century.

Later devastated by the Saracens, its territory was occupied by monks from Italy and then returned to the patronage of the Abbey of Saint Victor following an Ordination (a Judgement of God) in 1045. The parish of Gigors thus was attached to Saint Victor until 1786, i.e. almost a thousand years.

The village was structured and built around the church and the monastic buildings of which only traces remain. In the centre of the village, there was a plaster kiln and mill, of which you can see the millstone. It is remarkable in that, dated to the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century, it is based on a model from Classical Roman Antiquity Times. In addition, near the mountain river, there were up to three flour mills.

In 1836, Gigors had 216 inhabitants divided into 55 households. Among them were, in addition to the farmers, a blacksmith, two merchants, two building-masons, three weavers and a tailor, a fountain maker, a miller, a soldier and the priest.



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