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A town of artistic and historical interest

'Art and History country'
This summer has seen the appearance of the Southern Vivarais 'Art and History Country' label! Without equal in Ardèche.

Four Ardèche district councils have worked together for several years now to obtain the 'Art and History country' seal of approval.
In july 2011, the South Vivarais region acquired the "Pays d'Art et d'Histoire » seal of quality granted by the Ministry of Culture and Communication. It acknowledges the exceptional cultural heritage of the area and the desire of its local communities to develop it in an all-embracing project.
The dolmens of the Laoul forest, the antique site at Alba la Romaine, the abbey church in Cruas, the old walled town of Villeneuve de Berg, the cathedral quarter of Viviers and the Bishop's Palace in Bourg Saint Andéol, not to mention the industrial heritage (the Lafarge estate) and the landscapes : this region includes over 80 listed monuments and does indeed possess a rich and varied heritage.
The aims of the newly-established Southern Vivarais "Pays d'Art et d'Histoire"are :
To be better acquainted with its heritage in order to show it to its advantage
To protect both its architecture and its landscapes
To heighten public awareness of these issues
To promote the area as an exceptional cultural and patrimonial destination

Your contact :
Isabelle CHAVANON,
Pays d'Art et d'Histoire project leader
SMVM Syndicat Mixte du Vivarais Méridional
La Marjolaine Place Georges Courtial - 07700 BOURG-SAINT-ANDEOL
Telephone : 04 75 91 45 09
Mobile : 06 31 34 24 40
Email address : ichavanon.smvm@orange.fr

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