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May 25, 2007

Back to Clansayes

Filed under: Dolmens & Other Archeological Tidbits,Drome - Churches — Karen @ 10:37 pm

Finally it’s time to go into Clansayes in detail. This tiny town is just chock-a-block full of interesting things and promises a full day of enjoyable exploration.clansayestower.jpg
First, let’s talk about the mammoth tower. Clansayes is perched on a rocky outcrop, a strategic advantage in the wild and wooly dark ages. This tower was built in . Solidly constructed, it remains almost totaly intact. It is topped by a gigantic statue of the Virgin Mary which was placed there in 1853 by devout villagers.

Adjacent to the tower is the 11th century Eglise de St Michel, a prime Romanesque specimen.
Wandering around the village, there is also an interesting wall carved drawing of a cat, who’s origins are a source of debate.


<>We can also hope to see traces of Roman roads that are nearby.

Following a tour of the village, we can embark on a 1.5 hour hike to walk over to the next hilltop, viewable from the village, where Knights Templar, in the 13th century, built a charming chapel which today is the site of a yearly pilgrimage. The walking tour follows in the next post which goes from the village to this spot. See more pix of this amazing place in the walking tour post.Also on the hilltop are a 19th century shrine and a well in rough stone construction.Clansayes is truly an adventure!

Following the “more” is some detailed history of Clansayes. (more…)

May 24, 2007

Little Museums

Here’s another handy reference list for the local archeological museums:

Old Donzere friends’ museum
30, Grande Rue
Phone number. 04 75 51 71 50
Settled in a XVIth century house, with a Renaissance façade and French ceilings, the Museum presents the Donzere and surroundings history from Prehistory to the XXth century.

History & Archaeology Museum
8, rue Toesca
26110 NYONS

The museum presents all the local history collections from the neolithic age.

Archeological museum
26770 LE PEGUE
Phone number. 04 75 53 68 21
Mail :
Site :

This site museum presents about six thousand years of local history and above all the meeting between Celtics and Greeks.

Tricastin Archeology Museum

Exhibitions : Salle de l’Archidiacre, Place Castellane, 26130 Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux,
Phone number: 04 75 96 92 48
Offices :
Mairie, 26130 Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux,
Phone : (00 33) + 4 75 04 74 19
Mail :

Without any permanent exhibition area, this museum, which is rich of archeology collections from prehistory to medium age, presents these items, like temporary thematic exhibitions in the Salle de l’Archidiacre – Place Castellane
Exhibition till 27th October 2007:Terre de Pierre (Earth of Stone)

May 22, 2007


Filed under: Dolmens & Other Archeological Tidbits — Karen @ 4:07 am


After our week in the Drome, we will cross the Rhone to visit our good friends in Ardeche. We saw many lovely churches there last year, which I hope to document in the future. I was not aware, though, that Ardeche was a veritable treasure trove of megaliths and dolmens. Above and antique postcard with an assemblage.

May 16, 2007

La Pègue

This little town seems to have two Romanesque structures, a chapel and a church. There’s also an archeological museum.

Local archeological museums can be very interesting places to visit. Besides the ‘finds’ from the area, they often contain town folkloric articles, history of the village items, science projects and stuffed animals and who knows what else. Fascinating!

Church at La Pegue

From “Pays de Grignan” website:

Situated at the foot of the mountain La Lance. Le Pègue has a rich History dating back 6000 years. Important meeting place for Celts and Greeks. Its museum houses an important archeological collection which includes some rare “pseudonian” ceramics found during local excavation. The visit of the village will lead you to the chapel Ste Anne built in the 12th century, and to the Romanesque church remodeled in the 18th century which shelters thirteen polychrome statues.

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