The Village Ruins of Lagremuse

The Village Ruins of Lagremuse

This high site still bears witness to its past defensive role. The ruins of the old fortified castle, built on three major-rocks, dominate the view over the entire Bléone valley. The Sainte-Agathe Chapel, adjacent to the castle, is also built on the rock.

According to tradition, the village owes its name to the wall-lizards that live here, "li lagramuso" in Provençal dialet. The land is dry and barren, with exceptional exposure to sunshine. In the 19th century, Abbot Féraud wrote: "The climate is good, the inhabitants very poor, the soil stony and producing little grain and much wood". Therefore, the rural exodus from Lagremuse was massive . The population fell from 80 inhabitants in 1765 to 66 in 1844. In 1867, the Municipal District of Lagremuse was attached to that of Chaffaut-Saint-Jurson. After the First World War, the village was completely depopulated. All that remains of the old terraced gardens below Lagremuse are a few stone walls, and in the south-west, a few abandoned vines. Only the old olive groves have recently been carefully restored by their current owners.



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