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DE CRUAS

OFFICE DE TOURISME DE CRUAS
1, place de la Liberté
07350 CRUAS
Tél: 04 75 49 59 20
Fax: 04 75 51 47 43
E-mail: otsi.cruas@wanadoo.fr

 

 

Monks castle and the medieval site

 
Dominating by its impressive silhouette the abandoned medieval village, but which we are trying to consolidate the ruins, the abbatial castle made in the Middle Age a powerful fortress which served untill the XVIIth century as a refuge to the religious in the troubled times.

Real chapel of the abbey, it was built around a great roman chapel transformed in the XIVth century in a tremendous dungeon by the addition of angle turrets, machicolations, and battlements. A building was built at the South of the chapel and has two stages of voulted rooms, served as an habitation for the religious.

The roman chapel which was vandalized many times and let abandoned for a long time, is howevver a remarkable building, sensibly comtemporary of the abbatiale. Its unique long nave of 4 spans, barrel voulted, with arc-springer, pilasters and lateral discharge arcs, is only lighted by two windows made in the East and West walls. Inside, the apse semicircular is simply decorated by an arcade, while on the outside we find, even if it is really damaged, the lombard bands decor. High foothills, from which we distinguish the wrenches, supported its side walls. At the end of the XIIth century it was flanked in the South of a small rectangular oratory, bent in cradle, the half-circular apse of which, stocked with two foothills-columns, will later be included in the big perpendicular main building built at the Noon. It was doubtless the private chapel of the abbot. On the west, leaky wall of a mutilated Romanic portal and a small bay, we distinguish, under the extra height of the wall, the gable of the Romanic construction.
( Réf. Zodiaque )
In the XIVth century, its walls were heightened and consolidated at the angles by three high full turrets provided with bartizans, whereas bows machicolations in third-point were thrown between turrets and wide intermediate foothills. A covered way, with bartizans and crenels, crowned the whole. These wise precautions allowed the monks to support several memorable seats during the religious wars. In 1628 still, they resisted triumphantly, abbot in head, the Protestant troops of Rohan.

The Municipality of Cruas is the owner of the whole medieval site since a few years, and within the framework of the valuation of its heritage, launched a rather ambitious project which is going to extend over 25 - 30 years: the rehabilitation of the old village. Implementation of an experimental area which can welcome tenants in the year as well as seasonal workers and houses dedicated to the storekeepers and the craftsmen. The campaigns of rehabilitation began with several roof operations, but also a craze about the site concerning the help of the population: the schools of Cruas participated each in their level, nursery schools made medieval costumes, primary school and middle school had to examine the history of the old village to rename the streets of the medieval site. There is only one step to the installation of the signalling system, because the municipality validated the child of Cruas's labor. These efforts aim at making known the exceptional heritage of our municipality and to open the doors to a dynamic future both on the economic and tourist plan.




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