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In the Luberon, a city endearing

ManosqueManosque is located south-west of the department of Alpes de Haute-Provence, in the Regional Natural Park of the Luberon. It is located on the right bank of the Durance. The old city, pear-shaped, is surrounded by boulevards that have replaced the old ramparts of which he has been kept beautiful remains. The crossing of Manosque, the door Soubeyran to door Saunerie, will give an idea of its streets typically Provencal, narrow and lined with high houses.

Former walls remain three doors :
Porte Saunerie (1382 - Romanesque style) The central body is defended by two assommoirs. The two towers side are crowned with beautiful machicolation.
Porte Soubeyran (XIV century bell tower built in 1830) (the North) The door, restored, is decorated with a beautiful stone balustrade
Porte Guilhempierre (the West) (was destroyed but recently rebuilt).

Do not miss during your visit to Manosque visiting Notre-Dame de Romigier, a Romanesque church located Place de l'Hotel de Ville. This church, restored in the eighteenth century, houses the statue of the Virgin Black. On the front, admire the Virgin marble Pierre Puget. In a chapel at the end of the bottom-left side, are an altar, consisting of a marble sarcophagus in the fourth century and a wooden statue of the XII.

A story about Manosque : during the passage of François I in 1516, the daughter of the consul, who presents the keys to the city to the king, makes it a compliment. The prince of admiring glances stop on her, her modesty alarm. To eliminate the freshness of its tone and the charm that nature has provided, it exposes his face to sulphur fumes. The king, very moved, fills favors and gifts the girl and her family. Since that Manosque took the nickname " La Pudique."

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Around Manosque

Luberon - Gordes - Lourmarin - Apt - Bonnieux - Roussillon - Gorges du Verdon - Val d'Allos - Moustiers Sainte Marie - Jean Giono - Mercantour - Digne les Bains - Abbaye de Sénanque - Sisteron

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