Settled into a notch at the base of a limestone cliff, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie and Castellane open you the doors to the Gorges du Verdon canyons.
AN OLD PILGRIMAGE PLACE LEANT AGAINST A CLIFF
The village, built like an amphitheater, was named after the monastery founded in the 5th century. It became an important pilgrimage site in the 11th century. Today, visitors can still see a chain with a silver star suspended high across the valley, which is a famous ex-voto once owned by a knight who had returned unharmed from the crusades.
In the Alps of Haute Provence, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, the earthenware capital, welcomes the visitors…
THE EARTHENWARE ARTISANS’ VILLAGE
Water is plentiful in Moustiers, combined with the clay soil and nearby woods, it has given birth to a long-standing pottery tradition at the village. During the reign of Louis XIV, the secret of pure white enamel is said to have been passed down by a monk from Faenza to the Clérissy brothers, this transforming their already successful business into a Manufacture Royale at the service of the court, ultimately responsible for some of the most beautiful ceramic ensembles in the kingdom. In the early 18th century, Joseph Olerys brought the polychromy techniques back from Spain, later perfectionned by numerous artisans.
LA BASTIDE DE MOUSTIERS • Chemin de Quinson • 04360 Moustiers - Sainte - Marie • France