Saint Andiol

Patrimoine de Saint Andiol par Yvon Fruneau -

Saint-Andiol enjoys a wonderful location on the Durance Plain, very close to the Alpilles. The village takes its name from Andéol, the Saint of the Vivarais, who evangelised the region and founded a hermitage there. Saint-Andiol is first mentioned in the 10th century, at the time when the monks were drying out the marshes.

The town has remained rural and agricultural, making it truly authentic. Its plentiful arboriculture has made fruit trees an unmissable feature of the landscape, providing the opportunity to discover 'Trees and Heritage', on foot or by bike. Two sign-posted routes lead visitors from Provence through the orchards protected by dense cypress hedges and along small paths lined with plane trees, where you can enjoy a stroll while listening to the song of the cicadas.

The rich and well-conserved heritage will enchant you, with the chapels of Sainte Croix (9th and 10th centuries), Saint Vincent church, which was fortified in the 14th century, and the more recent château.

Saint-Andiol is closely linked to the character of Jean Moulin. In 1940, he settled in the family home and began to organise Resistance actions. In 1942, he was parachuted into the Alpilles and returned to Saint-Andiol. Saint-Andiol is now the starting point of the Route Jean Moulin, 'the Path of Freedom', which symbolises the physical and intellectual journey of the most famous French Resistance fighter. In addition to its heritage, history and landscapes, Saint-Andiol offers all the cultural and traditional charms of a Provençal village.

Don't miss the Château de Saint-Andiol, the Jean Moulin fresco and the traces of the Resistance fighter, two sign-posted 'Trees and Heritage' routes, the Saint-Andiol/Cabannes/Verquières cycle route and the Friday morning market.

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